Sam Walton
Sam Walton

Sam Walton

Hi I am Sam Walton. I was born on March 29, 1918, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Me and my brother Bud Walton both became famous for finding Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. In my early years I moved from Oklahoma to Springfield, Missouri. I later lived in Marshall, Shelbina, and Columbia, Missouri. I later joined Boy Scouts and ranked up to become an Eagle Scout. I was the youngest Eagle Scout in Missouri history. Then I started selling magazine subscriptions and delivering newspaper in eighth grade. I attended at David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. I joined sports and served in student government. I played football and played as a quarterback. I later went to the University of Missouri and graduated. After I graduated at the university, I received a job from two best selling retail stores. I received jobs from JCPenney and Sears. I chose JCPenney and started working as a management trainee. In 1950 I worked in my very own Dime Shop with Bud Walton. Later, this became a company known as Walmart. When World War 2 broke out I volunteered for military service. I served military service in Oklahoma. When I joined military Service I met a woman named Helen Robson. Me and Helen got married and had four kids named Rob, Jim, John and Alice. In 1992 George H. W. Bush presented me with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award. Later on in my life, I donated $150,000 for the construction of a new building for the Columbia Chamber of commerce and Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau in Columbia, Missouri. Sadly I died at the age of 72 by bone cancer.

by Brandon

 

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