J.C. Penney store. The business empire's founder, James Cash Penney of Hamilton, Missouri, died on this date in history.

February 12, 1971

This date in Missouri history: Missouri native J.C. Penney dies at the age of 91. James Cash Penney was a Missouri business icon who changed the retail industry while also changing millions of lives around the world.

J.C. Penney Boyhood Home

September 16, 1875

The Golden Rule Merchant, James Cash Penney was born in Nettleton, near present day Hamilton.