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Franklin Winfield Woolworth was born on April 13, 1852 in Rodman, New York, the son of farmer John Hubbell Woolworth and Fanny McBrier. He was born on the family's meager potato farm in Rodman, New York, about eleven miles from Watertown, where he got his first job as a stock boy in a general store. He aspired to be a merchant and in 1873, he started working in a drygoods store in Watertown, New York. He worked for free for the first three months, because the owner claimed "why should I pay you for teaching the business?". He remained there for six years before establishing Woolworth's first five-cent store in 1879.
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