Hortense Odlum


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Hortense McQuarrie Odlum (July 1881 - January 12, 1970) was the first woman president of Bonwit Teller Department Store in New York City and the wife of financier Floyd Odlum.

Born in St. George, Utah, Hortense McQuarrie married Floyd Odlum when he was a law clerk. They moved to New York City when he accepted a position with a New York law firm in 1916. Mr. Odlum became president of ... more »

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  • ''Persons who insist to themselves that under one set of conditions only can they lead interesting and satisfying lives lay themselves open to bitter disappointments and frustrations.''
    Hortense Odlum (1892-?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 16 (1939).
  • ''No life if it is properly realized is without its cosmic importance.''
    Hortense Odlum (1892-?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 17 (1939).
  • ''It is not serving, but servility, that is menial.''
    Hortense Odlum (1892-?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 6 (1939).
  • ''As unmarried business women we must constantly use our opportunities in business in such a way that we are prepared for the marriage which may be ours tomorrow.''
    Hortense Odlum (1892-?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 16 (1939). Although highly successful as president of Bonwit Teller, a New York ...
  • The home is a woman's natural background.... From the beginning I tried to have the policy of the store reflect as nearly as it was possible in the commercial world, those standards of comfort and gra...
    Hortense Odlum (1892-?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 7 (1939). A longtime homemaker, Odlum had assumed the presidency of Bonwit Telle...
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