William Procter (William Procter)

William Procter

Manufacturer. Co-Founder of the Procter and Gamble Company. A native of England, he was born in Herefordshire and educated at the Luckston School. Procter entered into business in 1818 and was connected with the clothing industry in London in the late 1820’s. In 1827, he became acquainted with William Hooper, who urged him to emigrate to America. Procter arrived in the United States in 1830 and began to manufacture candles in New York City. He moved west with his first wife, Martha Peat Procter. She died during their westward journey in Cincinnati, Ohio. Planning only on staying for a short while before resuming his relocation plans, he decided to stay and spent the remainder of his life there. He then married Olivia Norris in 1833 and was convinced by his father-in-law, Alexander Norris, to enter into a partnership with his brother-in-law, James Gamble. They established the Procter and Gamble Company in 1837. By 1859, sales reached $1 million. In the 1880’s, the company began to manufacture Ivory soap and profits grew to enormous proportions. His son, William A. Procter, succeeded him as the company’s president. Procter died in Cincinnati. (bio by: K Guy)  Family links:  Spouse:  Olivia Norris Procter (1809 – 1893)  Children:  William Alexander Procter (1834 – 1907)*  Elizabeth Anne Procter Morrison (1835 – 1919)*  Olivia Procter Morrison (1841 – 1930)*  George H Procter (1844 – 1886)*  Harriett Procter (1846 – 1912)* *Calculated relationship


  • December, 07, 1801
  • England


  • April, 04, 1884
  • USA


  • Spring Grove Cemetery
  • Ohio
  • USA

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