James Gamble (industrialist)
April 3, 1803|
Enniskillen, Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
|Died||April 29, 1891
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
|Occupation||Soapmaker and industrialist
Co-founder of Procter & Gamble
|Relatives||William Procter (brother-in-law)|
James Gamble (April 3, 1803 – April 29, 1891) was an Irish-born American soap maker and industrialist. He was the co-founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with William Procter.
Gamble went into business with Wiliam Proctor after they became related by marriage. Gamble's wife Elizabeth Ann Norris was the sister of Proctor's wife Olivia Norris. The pair's father-in-law, Alexander Norris, first suggested that the two go into business together in 1837 and consequently Procter & Gamble was born.
Procter, who preceded his partner Gamble in death, is also buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.
Gamble and Elizabeth Ann (Norris) Gamble had ten children, including James Norris Gamble (August 9, 1836 - July 2, 1932) who became Vice President of Procter & Gamble and was the chemist who devised the formula for Ivory soap. James Norris Gamble married Margaret Penrose; he died in his sleep on July 2, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio and is interred in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Gamble's grandson William married Franzeska Wilhelmina (Fanny) Nast, the daughter of the Rev. William Nast, a German-American Methodist preacher. Fanny was the first woman to graduate from German Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
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