William Procter (candlemaker)
December 7, 1801|
Herefordshire, England, UK 
|Died||April 4, 1884
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
|Burial place||Spring Grove Cemetery
|Occupation||Candlemaker and industrialist
founder of Procter & Gamble
|Known for||co-founder of Procter & Gamble Co.|
|Children||William Alexander Procter|
|Relatives||James Gamble (brother-in-law)|
William Procter (December 7, 1801 – April 4, 1884 ) was an English-born American 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.
- "William Procter". NNDB. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- 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. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Grave burial information" (PDF). Spring Grove Cemetery. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
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