Isaac Reckitt

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Isaac Reckitt

Isaac Reckitt (1792–1862) was the founder of Reckitt and Sons, a business that emerged to become Reckitt, one of the United Kingdom's largest consumer goods businesses.


Initially establishing a milling business in Boston with his older brother and then a corn business in Nottingham on his own, Isaac Reckitt acquired a starch-making business in Hull in 1840.[1] Under his leadership the business diversified into black lead and washing blue manufacturing.[1]

By the time of his death in 1862 the business employed 210 people and had become one of the most successful businesses in Hull.[1]

The firm was left equally to three of his sons, George (1825–1900), Francis (1827–1917) and James (1833–1924).[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Records of Isaac Reckitt". Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  2. ^ Church, Roy. "Reckitt, Sir James, first baronet (1833–1924), businessman and philanthropist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.