Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete or limestone with marble plaque
Merchandise Mart 222 North Bank Drive Main entrance plaza Chicago Illinois 60654
Dedicated June 30, 1953
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Four times life-size head mounted on a tall pillar. One of eight heads which line the Merchandise Mart Plaza to honor outstanding American retail merchants. Aaron Montgomery Ward was the founder of Montgomery Ward & Company. Ward was an innovator in the mail-order business concept of buying merchandise in large quantities and selling it directly to rural America by mail. He started his company in 1872 in Chicago with $2,400. He introduced the concept of "guaranteed customer satisfaction or your money back." After retiring as president in 1894, he turned his attention to preserving Chicago's lake front from development.