7 Companies Older Than America

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Caswell-Massey | 1752

Founded in 1752 in Newport, Rhode Island, by William Hunte, a Scottish-born doctor, Caswell-Massey first opened as an apothecary shop that sold perfume and personal care products. In 1780, George Washington visited the shop, and selected Perfume No. 6 as his scent of choice; he would later give it as a present to Marquis de Lafayette, who served as a major general in Washington's revolutionary army. The company opened its first store in New York City in 1833; its flagship, on 48th and Lexigton, opened in 1926.