Charles Merrill(redirected from Charles E. Merrill)
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An American stockbroker. In 1915, he co-founded the company that created Merrill Lynch and was able to avoid much of the Great Crash of 1929 by diversifying his investments. Merrill was noted for investing in retail chains, notably Safeway and the company that became K-Mart. He lived from 1885 to 1956.