John Eberhard Faber

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John Eberhard Faber
Born (1822-12-06)December 6, 1822
Stein Bavaria, Germany
Died March 2, 1879(1879-03-02) (aged 56)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Pencil Manufacturer
Spouse(s) Jenny Haag
Children Bertha
Sophia
John Eberhard
Lothar W.
Louise
Rosie

John Eberhard Faber (sometimes Johann Eberhard Faber) (December 6, 1822 – March 2, 1879), was born in Stein, Bavaria, Germany.

Biography[edit]

Johann Eberhard Faber was born on December 6, 1822 in the village of Stein, near the city of Nuernberg, Germany. His father, George Leonard Faber, was a descendant of the famous Faber family, one of ancient lineage in Bavaria engaged in the profession of manufacturing lead pencils.

He did his primary schooling at a Volksschule and then enrolled to study law at the University of Heidelberg. But he left his studies mid-way to pursue a career in commerce in America.

He moved to the United States in 1848 and in 1849, opened a stationery store at No. 133 William Street, NYC. The store was later moved to Nos. 718-720 Broadway in 1877.

In 1852, he started to export red cedar logs to the Faber pencil factories in Stein, having realized that the red cedar available in America was ideal for lead pencils.

In 1861, he opened the first lead pencil factory along the East River, between 41st and 43rd Streets, New York City. He dropped his Christian name and hence the factory was established under the name of Eberhard Faber.

In 1872, a fire destroyed the factory in New York City, hence a new improved factory was built on a site on Kent and West streets in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn. The new factory was designed for expansion and by the time Faber died his factory was the largest of its kind in United States and the Faber name was known all over the world.

Faber died on March 2, 1879 in New York City.[1]

Marriage and family[edit]

On July 1, 1854, Eberhard Faber married Jenny Haag, who was born on November 23, 1836, in Munich. She was the daughter of Ludwig and Johanna (Mangstel) Haag, members of old Bavarian families. They had six children:

  1. Bertha, born April 11, 1856.
  2. Sophia, born August 14, 1857.
  3. John Eberhard, born March 14, 1859.[1]
  4. Lothar W.,[2] born September 27, 1861.
  5. Louise, born January 2, 1866.
  6. Rosie, born February 3, 1871.

In 1879, after his father's death, John Eberhard, Jr. took charge of the Eberhard Faber company.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Herringshaw, Thomas William (1909). Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography. American Publishers' Association. p. 411. OCLC 3152314. 
  2. ^ No. 335 Riverside Drive: The Pencil Baron — NY Times