James E. Casey

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James E. Casey
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Born (1888-03-29)March 29, 1888
Pick Handle Gulch, Nevada
Died June 6, 1983(1983-06-06) (aged 95)
Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation Founded
American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington, the predecessor to United Parcel Service
Net worth At time of death $100,000,000

James E. Casey (March 29, 1888 - June 6, 1983), American businessman, was born in Pick Handle Gulch near Candelaria, Nevada.

In 1907, 19-year-old James (Jim) Casey founded the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington with $100 borrowed from a friend. He served as president, CEO and chairman. Claude Ryan was his partner and his messengers were his brother George and other teenagers. His motto was "best service and lowest rates". Deliveries were made on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle.[1]


In 1913, Jim Casey agreed to merge with Evert McCabe's Motorcycle Messengers. Merchants Parcel Delivery was formed and focused now on packages. Their first delivery car was a 1913 Ford Model T.[1]

In 1919, the company expanded beyond Seattle and changed its name to United Parcel Service (UPS).

He consistently gave credit to his mother, Annie E. Casey, for holding their family together after Jim’s father died. As a youngster delivering packages on the Seattle streets, Jim Casey was exposed to the excesses of a bustling city in the midst of the Klondike Gold Rush[citation needed]. He credited the guidance of a strong mother and support of his family with keeping him grounded.

The successful businessman sought ways to help those who lacked the family life he found to be so crucial. With his brothers George and Harry and his sister Marguerite, Mr. Casey created Casey Family Programs in 1966 to help children who were unable to live with their birth parents—giving them stability and an opportunity to grow to responsible adulthood.

By the time of his death, Mr. Casey left three legacies: UPS, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Casey Family Programs.

Casey is a member of the U.S. Department of Labor Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2002.

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