William Procter (candlemaker)
|Born||7 December 1801|
|Died||4 April 1884 (aged 82)|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Burial place||Spring Grove Cemetery|
|Known for||Co-founder of Procter & Gamble Co.|
|Children||William Alexander Procter|
|Relatives||James Gamble (brother-in-law)|
William Procter (7 December 1801 – 4 April 1884) was a British candlemaker and industrialist, who later emigrated to the United States. He was the founder and co-eponym of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with James Gamble.
A native of England, William Procter was born in Herefordshire and educated at the Luckston School. He entered into business in 1818 and was connected with the clothing industry in London in the late 1820s. In 1827, he became acquainted with William Hooper, who urged Procter to emigrate to America. He arrived in the United States in 1830 and began to manufacture candles in New York City. He moved west with his first wife, Martha Peat Procter. She died during their westward journey in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1832. Planning only on staying for a short while before resuming his relocation plans, he decided to stay and spent the remainder of his life there. He started his business and married Olivia Norris in 1833. At his father-in-law Alexander Norris's suggestion, he joined forces in 1837 with his brother-in-law, James Gamble, to establish the company that bears their names. The company began to manufacture Ivory soap and profits grew to enormous proportions. 
- "William Procter". NNDB. Retrieved 11 September 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. ISBN 9781591391470. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Grave burial information" (PDF). Spring Grove Cemetery. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
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