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James Bud Walton

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Residence  Bentonville, Arkansas
Other names  Bud Walton
Known for  Co-founder of Walmart
Name  James Walton
Siblings  Sam Walton
Nationality  American
Occupation  Businessman
Religion  Presbyterianism
Role  Sam Walton's brother
Nieces  Alice Walton
Full Name  James Lawrence Walton
Born  December 20, 1921 (1921-12-20) Kingfisher, Oklahoma, USA
Died  March 21, 1995, Miami, Florida, United States
Children  Nancy Walton Laurie, Ann Walton Kroenke
Nephews  Jim C Walton, S Robson Walton, John T Walton
Similar People  Sam Walton, Nancy Walton Laurie, Ann Walton Kroenke, Jim C Walton, Bill Laurie

James Lawrence “Bud” Walton (December 20, 1921 – March 21, 1995) was the brother of Sam Walton and co-founder of Walmart.


Early life

James Lawrence Walton was born on December 20, 1921 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. As a child, he worked on his family's farm. He attended David H. Hickman High School–located in Columbia, MO – and then the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. He served as a Navy pilot in World War II.


Bud and his brother, Sam, began their career in the retail industry working in the Ben Franklin Stores franchise system. His first store was opened in Versailles, Missouri. Bud and Sam co-founded Walmart in Arkansas in 1962.

He is the namesake of the Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas.


Walton died following surgery for an aneurysm in Miami, Florida on March 21, 1995, at the age of 73.

Personal life

Walton was married to Audrey Walton. They had two daughters, Ann and Nancy.


James "Bud" Walton Wikipedia