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Was Alvah C. Roebuck an African-American?

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Alvah C. Roebuck was a Caucasian man of English descent. Roebuck was born in Indiana in 1864. A self-taught watchmaker, he began working for Richard W. Sears in 1887 in Chicago. They established Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1893.

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Roebuck was in charge of the company's business in watches, jewelry, optics, phonographs and motion pictures. He also started two other companies and invented a typewriter. Roebuck lost money in the stock market crash in 1929, and he returned to Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1933. He spent the rest of his career writing a company history and touring stores. He died in 1948.

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