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Besse-Leland Company

American, founded 1902
Biography: The Besse-Leland Company was opened on 22 March 1902 in New Britain, Conn. The first Besse stores began as co-partnerships, and the first store opened on 25 September 1877, in Bridgeport, Conn., under the name of Foster, Besse & Co. Many other stores began to open afterwards. These were clothing stores.