George Dayton

American businessman

George Draper Dayton (March 6, 1857 – February 18, 1938) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was famous for being the founder of Dayton's department store, which later became Target Corporation.[1][2]

George Dayton
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George Dayton in his office portrait
George Draper Dayton

(1857-03-06)March 6, 1857
DiedFebruary 18, 1938(1938-02-18) (aged 80)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Resting placeLakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis
44°56′10″N 93°17′57″W / 44.93611°N 93.29917°W / 44.93611; -93.29917
Political partyRepublican
RelativesBruce Dayton (grandson)
Douglas Dayton (grandson)
Mark Dayton (great-grandson)


  1. "Target through the years - 1902". Target Corporation. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  2. Cain, Áine (February 4, 2020). "See what Target looked like when it first opened". Business Insider. Retrieved April 26, 2020.