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Francis Harrington Glidden

Born: May 24, 1832

Death: Sep 25, 1922

Birthplace: Newcastle

Nationality: United States

Francis Harrington Glidden

Date of Birth : May 24, 1832
Date of Death : Sep 25, 1922
Birth Place : Newcastle

Francis Harrington Glidden was an American businessman best known for founding the company now known as the Glidden Company, now a subsidiary of Akzo Nobel NV. Glidden was born on May 24, 1832, in New Castle, Maine, and attended Lincoln Academy. After marrying Winifred Kavanaugh Waters in 1854, he had a career as a seaman and dry-goods merchant. In 1866, he entered the varnish business for the first time, working as a varnish salesman for William Tilden and Nehphena, in New York City. He remained with that company through 1875. In 1868, Glidden moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1868. In 1875, after leaving Tilden, he started his own varnish manufacturing company, named The Glidden-Brackett Company; renamed later to the Glidden & Joy Company, and in 1890 incorporated as The Glidden Varnish Company. Glidden served as President and Director of the company; retiring in 1917 at age 85. In addition to his work with the company, Glidden served as director of Central National Bank of Cleveland. Glidden resided in the Clifton Park area of Lakewood, Ohio, in a home he built in 1910 that he named "Inglewood." He died September 25, 1922, in Cleveland, and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

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