William Procter (candlemaker)

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William Procter
Photo of William Procter
Born (1801-12-07)December 7, 1801
Died April 4, 1884(1884-04-04) (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Burial place Spring Grove Cemetery
39°09′52″N 84°31′22″W / 39.164559°N 84.522672°W / 39.164559; -84.522672
Nationality British-American
Occupation Candlemaker and industrialist
founder of Procter & Gamble
Known for co-founder of Procter & Gamble Co.
Spouse(s) Olivia Norris
Children William Alexander Procter
Relatives James Gamble (brother-in-law)

William Procter (December 7, 1801 – April 4, 1884 [1]) was a British Candlemaker and industrialist, who later emigrated to the USA. He was the founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with James Gamble.


Procter emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1832, where he married Olivia Norris and started his business. At his father-in-law Alexander Norris's suggestion, he joined forces with his brother-in-law, James Gamble, to establish the company that bears their names. His son William Alexander Procter and grandson William Cooper Procter were company presidents.[2]

Procter is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery,[3] as is his business partner, James Gamble.


  1. ^ "William Procter". NNDB. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Davis, Dyer; et al. (May 1, 2004). Rising Tide: Lessons from 165 Years of Brand Building at Procter and Gamble. Harvard Business Press. p. 427. ISBN 9781591391470. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Grave burial information" (PDF). Spring Grove Cemetery. Retrieved September 11, 2012.