List of Quaker businesses, organizations and charities

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This is a list of notable businesses, organizations or charities originally founded by Quakers. Many of these are no longer managed or influenced by Quakers. At the end of the article are businesses that have never had any connection to Quakers, although some people may believe that they did or still do.

Businesses, organizations or charities with Quaker origins[edit]





  • Duane Morris, now one of the 100 largest law firms in the US, and still committed to Quaker values[5]











  • PQ Corporation, chemical industry firm, founded as Philadelphia Quartz by Philadelphia Quaker businessman Joseph Elkinton in 1831[11]




  • Sandy Spring Bank, founded in 1868 by Quaker farmers, now the largest bank in the state of Maryland, USA[13]
  • Scott Bader Commonwealth, British manufacturer of advanced resins and composites, founded by Ernest Bader in 1951
  • Sony (formerly Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, or Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering, Co.), TTK's founding board president was Tamon Maeda, a Japanese Quaker, prewar Japanese ambassador to ILO, and postwar Minister of Education
  • Stockton and Darlington Railway, established in 1825 by Quaker Edward Pease, operated the world's first permanent steam locomotive-hauled railway line
  • Strawbridge and Clothier (now part of Macy's), department store chain, USA (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware)


Businesses with no Quaker connection[edit]


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  2. ^ "Religions - Christianity: Atlantic slave trade and abolition". BBC. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Quaker Heritage". Visit Darlington. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Ian Carr". The Daily Telegraph. London. 2004-06-19. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Duane Morris: Balancing Growth and Culture at a Law Firm - Harvard Business Review". 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Stowe". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Hussey Seating marks 175 years as family firm". Portland Press Herald. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Levy, Barry (1992). Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-504976-4. 
  9. ^ "Camden New Journal - David Swinstead | Organic | Marigold Health Food Company |". 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Scheme". 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Philadelphia Quartz (PQ) Company records". Hagley Museum and Library. 1990. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Brewing up a recipe for success over 100 years". 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Sandy Spring Bank Timeline". Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  14. ^ "ABOUT > History". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 

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