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From House Dresses to a Fashion Empire

Born on March 6, 1889, Nell Quinlan was the twelfth of thirteen children. Her father, an Irish immigrant, worked for the railroad. Her humble beginnings didn’t stop her from building a fashion empire that was the largest manufacturer of women’s clothing in the world for a time.

At age sixteen, she met and married Paul Donnelly, a shoe company employee. He helped her pay for schooling at Lindenwood College. After that . . .

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