Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr.

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Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr.
Born December 24, 1833
Elyria, Ohio
Died December 6, 1919(1919-12-06) (aged 85)
Racine, Wisconsin
Occupation Businessman, Founder, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc
Spouse(s) Caroline Fisk
Children Herbert Fisk Johnson Sr.
Parent(s) Phineas Miller Johnson
Orra Ann Collins

Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr. (December 24, 1833 – December 6, 1919) was an American businessman. He founded S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. of Racine, Wisconsin.


Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr. was the son of Phineas Miller Johnson and Orra Ann Collins. [1] In 1882, he moved to Racine where he became a parquet flooring salesman for the Racine Hardware Manufacturing Co. In 1886, he purchased the flooring business from the company and renamed it Johnson's Prepared Paste Wax Company. A few years later he established his own factory for manufacturing floor waxes and wood finishes. When his son, Herbert Fisk Johnson Sr. became a partner in 1906, the firm was renamed S. C. Johnson & Son.[2]


SC Johnson remains privately held by the Johnson family today, and operates in more than 70 countries, employs 12,000 people, and provides products in more than 110 countries around the world.[3] The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York is named in his honor.

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  1. ^ Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin: Containing Biographical Sketches of Business and Professional Men and of Many of the Early Settled Families. JH Beers & Co., 1906, page 200
  2. ^ "Johnson, Samuel Curtis 1833 - 1919". Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Wisconsin Historical Society. 2007. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Five Generations of Johnsons: Samuel Curtis Johnson". S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.