John W. Daniels

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John W. Daniels
BornFebruary 23, 1857
DiedJune 8, 1931
Known forco-founder of Archer Daniels Midland
Children1 son

John W. Daniels (February 23, 1857 – June 8, 1931) was an American businessman. He was the co-founder and chairman of Archer Daniels Midland.

Early life[edit]

John W. Daniels was born on February 23, 1857, in Piqua, Ohio.[1][2]


Daniels first worked for a linseed company in Piqua.[1] He joined American Linseed Co. in Buffalo, New York, and later became the manager of a linseed factory in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

Daniels founded Daniels Linseed Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1902.[1] With George A. Archer, Daniels co-founded Archer-Daniels in 1904.[3] After a full year of operation, the company reported a $72,000 profit.[4] When they purchased Midland Linseed Products Co. in 1912, it became known as Archer Daniels Midland. Daniels served as its chairman.[2]

Personal life and death[edit]

Daniels had a wife, Amelia Leonard,[5] and a son, Thomas L. Daniels.[1] They resided at Kenwood Parkway in St. Paul, Minnesota as well as in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.[1] Daniels had an affinity for art and collected art works.[1]

Daniels died on June 8, 1931, in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the age of 74.[1][2] His funeral was held in Piqua, Ohio.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Daniels, Linseed Oil Magnate, Dies. Co-Founder of Firm of Archer-Daniels Midland Co. Passes at 74". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 9, 1931. p. 7 – via
  2. ^ a b c d "Daniels Memorial Service Is Held". The Minneapolis Star. Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 9, 1931. Retrieved March 20, 2018 – via
  3. ^ "George Archer Is Dead At 82. Chairman of Board of Archer-Daniels-Midland--Builder of Linseed Industry". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. November 13, 1932. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved March 20, 2018 – via
  4. ^ Aoyagi, William Shurtleff; Akiko (2020). History of ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Co.) and the Andreas Family's Work with Soybeans and Soyfoods (1884-2020): Extensively Annotated Bibliography and Sourcebook. Lafayette, CA: Soyinfo Center. p. 165. ISBN 978-1-948436-23-6.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ of 1914, Yale University Class (1914). History of the Class of Niniteen-hundred and Fourteen: Yale College. Yale University Press. p. 153.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)