George A. Hormel

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George A. Hormel
Born George Albert Hormel
(1860-12-04)December 4, 1860
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died June 5, 1946(1946-06-05) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
heart failure
Known for Founder of Hormel Foods Corporation
Religion Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Lillian Belle Gleason Hormel
Children Jay Catherwood Hormel
Parents John George Hormel
Susannah "Susan" Decker Hormel
Relatives James Hormel (grandson)
Geordie Hormel (grandson)
Benjamin Hormel (brother)
John Hormel (brother)
Elizabeth Hormel (sister)
Smoky Hormel (great-grandson)
Germaine Dubois Hormel (daughter-in-law)

George Albert Hormel (December 4, 1860 – June 5, 1946) was the founder of Hormel Foods Corporation (then known as George A. Hormel & Co.) in 1891. His ownership stake in the company made him one of the wealthiest Americans during his lifetime.

Early life[edit]

Hormel was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1860 to John George Hormel, a leather tanner and Susannah "Susan" Hormel (née Decker) and later settled in Austin, Minnesota.

Hormel Foods Corporation[edit]

He established his meat packing company in 1891 and established a food company that continues to thrive today.

He remained head of the company until 1929 when he passed it to his son Jay Catherwood Hormel.


He died on June 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 86.

Personal life[edit]

Hormel's grandson, James Hormel was the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1999 to 2001 and was the first openly LGBT person to serve as ambassador. His great-grandson, Smokey Hormel was a lead vocalist in Smokey & Miho.