James Rouse

  Male      American      Business Person

  Born : Apr 26, 1914  -
  Died : Apr 09, 1996

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James Wilson Rouse (April 26, 1914 – April 9, 1996), founder of The Rouse Company, was a pioneering American real estate developer, urban planner, civic activist, and later, free enterprise-based philanthropist.

James "Jim" Rouse was born in Easton, Maryland, the son of Lydia Agnes (née Robinson) and Willard Goldsmith Rouse, a canned-foods broker. His father, a lawyer trained at Johns Hopkins University, once ran as the state's attorney for Harford County. When he lost, the Rouse family moved from Bel Air, Maryland to Easton. Rouse grew up in Easton (then population: 5,000) on a well-to-do street on the edge of town. He was taught at home by his mother until second grade, when he was transferred to a public school (which found him to be well prepared enough to skip a grade). In 1930 at the age of 16, in his senior year of high school, Rouse faced significant life changes: he lost his father to cancer of the bladder and mother to heart failure, and childhood home on Brooklett's Avenue to bank foreclosure. Rouse was funded by his brother Bill to attend the private preparatory Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland for a year...

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