William Procter (candlemaker)

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William Procter
Photo of William Procter
Born (1801-12-07)December 7, 1801
Herefordshire, England [1]
Died April 4, 1884(1884-04-04) (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Nationality British, American
Occupation Candlemaker and industrialist
Co-founder of Procter & Gamble
Relatives James Gamble (brother-in-law)

William Procter (December 7, 1801 – April 4, 1884 [1]) 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.

Born in England, 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 served as company presidents.[2]

Mr. Procter is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.[3] His business partner, James Gamble, is also buried at Spring Grove.


  1. ^ a b "William Procter". NNDB. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Davis, Dyer et al (May 1, 2004). Rising Tide: Lessons from 165 Years of Brand Building at Procter and Gamble. Harvard Business Press. p. 427. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Grave burial information" (PDF). Spring Grove Cemetery. Retrieved September 11, 2012.