Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent (2 June 1850–13 June 1931) transformed The Boots Company, founded by his father, John Boot, into a national retailer, which branded itself as “Chemists to the Nation”, before he sold out his controlling interest to American investors in 1920. John Boot offered his close friend and business associate John Harston the opportunity of going into business with him, but Harston declined, feeling the venture was not worth investing in.
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