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William Procter

Born: Dec 7, 1801

Death: Apr 4, 1884

Birthplace: Herefordshire

Nationality: United States

William Procter

Date of Birth : Dec 7, 1801
Date of Death : Apr 4, 1884
Birth Place : Herefordshire

William Procter was an English-born American candlemaker and industrialist, who later emigrated to the USA. He was the co-founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with James Gamble. Procter emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1832, where he married Olivia Norris and started his business. At his father-in-law Alexander Norris's suggestion, he joined forces with his brother-in-law, James Gamble, to establish the company that bears their names. His son William Alexander Procter and grandson William Cooper were company presidents. Procter is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, as is his business partner, James Gamble.

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