John B. Pierce
Pierce was born June 2, 1844, in Embden, Maine. His first business enterprise was a store in Buffalo, New York, acquired 1872. He subsequently took on an assistant Joseph Bond, who was experienced in the installation of furnaces and stoves. In 1881 Pierce and Bond founded the Pierce Steam Heating Company of Buffalo.
Pierce was married twice, but died childless on June 23, 1917. His will left company stock, valued at more than $1 million, to more than 400 friends and employees, and designated additional funds to endow a private foundation.
- "About Us", John B. Pierce Laboratory website, archived from the original on 8 March 2013
- Ideal Boilers & Radiators Ltd. (PDF), Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (Heritage website of)
- Stifler, Susan Reed (1960), The beginnings of a century of steam and water heating, H. B. Smith Co., p. 106
- Ingham, John N. (1983), Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders (V-Z), 4, Greenwood Press
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