Nathan Swartz

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Nathan Swartz
BornJuly 1902
Known forFounder of Timberland
Children2 sons
RelativesJeffrey Swartz (grandson)

Nathan Swartz (July 1902 - ?) was an American shoemaker and businessman, and the founder of The Timberland Company.


Nathan Swartz was born to a poor Jewish family in July 1902 in Odessa, Russian Empire, the fourth generation of a family of shoemakers.[1] Soon before the First World War, the family migrated to the US.[1]

Swartz started as an apprentice in a New York shoe repair shop. In 1952, he bought a 50% stake in the Abington Shoe Company, in Massachusetts, which later became Timberland.[1][2]

Swartz lost several fingers in an industrial accident.[2]

Swartz retired in 1968.[3]

He had two sons, Herman and Sidney.

Herman was the CEO from 1968 to 1986 and Sidney was the CEO from 1986 to 1998. In 1998, Sidney's son Jeffrey Swartz took over.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Russian Heritage Museum: Nathan Swartz". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Clark, Andrew (18 March 2010). "Timberland boss Jeffrey Swartz puts the boot in – over his own failures". Retrieved 12 October 2017 – via
  3. ^ "The Timberland Company facts, information, pictures - articles about The Timberland Company". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ Schechter, Asher (16 March 2012). "Meet the Jewish Billionaire Who Studies Torah Every Morning". Retrieved 12 October 2017 – via Haaretz.
  5. ^ "Sidney W. Swartz: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 12 October 2017.