Co-founder of the New York City Department store Abraham & Straus. His retail chain was later bought out by Macy's.
As a teenager, he worked at the Hart & Dettlebach department store in New Jersey, earning a salary of one dollar per week.
A notable philanthropist, he funded the establishment of the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital.
He was the New York-born son of Judah Abraham and Sarah Sussman. Nina Rothschild Utne, his great-great-granddaughter, became a prominent publisher.
Roland Hussey Macy, Sr. founded the Macy's department store chain, which eventually incorporated Abraham's smaller Abraham & Straus chain.