Lyman G. Bloomingdale

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Lyman G. Bloomingdale
Born Lyman Gustave Bloomingdale
(1841-02-11)February 11, 1841
New York City, New York
Died October 13, 1905(1905-10-13) (aged 64)
Elberon, New Jersey
Nationality United States
Occupation Businessman
Known for Co-founder of Bloomingdales Department Store
Spouse(s) Hattie Cullenberger
Children Hiram Bloomingdale
Samuel Bloomingdale
Irving Bloomingdale
Corinne Bloomingdale
Parent(s) Hannah Weil
Benjamin Bloomingdale
Family Joseph B. Bloomingdale (brother)

Lyman Gustave Bloomingdale (February 11, 1841 – October 13, 1905) was an American businessman who in April 1872, with his brother Joseph, founded Bloomingdales Department Store on 56th Street in New York City.[1]


The son of the Bavarian-born, German Jewish immigrant Benjamin Bloomingdale[1] and Hannah Weil,[2] Lyman and his brother Joseph were trained in the retailing of ladies clothing at their father's store.[1] Going into business for themselves, the Bloomingdale brothers' new store sold a wide variety of European fashions, anchored through their own buying office in Paris. Their success resulted in the business outgrowing its premises and in 1886 they relocated operations to its famous present-day location at 59th Street and Third Avenue where Bloomingdale became one of the most widely recognized brand names in the world.[citation needed]

In late August 1902, the newly formed Consolidated National Bank elected Bloomingdale as a director.[3]

Brother Joseph Bloomingdale retired from the business on New Years Day 1896 but Lyman remained involved until his death on October 13, 1905 at Elberon, New Jersey. A benefactor to a variety of causes and cultural institutions, in 1901 Lyman Bloomimgdale donated a Washington Allston painting to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art[4] and in his will written in 1904, left $100,000 (equivalent to $2.7 million in 2016) for charitable purposes.

Personal life[edit]

Bloomingdale was married to Hattie Cullenberger.[2] They had four children: three sons, Hiram, Samuel, and Irving; and a daughter Corinne.[5] Lyman's son, Samuel J. Bloomingdale, took over as head of the department store and proved a very capable manager and an astute marketing innovator who significantly expanded the business. Lyman's grandson, Alfred S. Bloomingdale, also a successful businessman, later became known for his involvement with murder victim Vicki Morgan.


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