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Origins Of Top Businesses: Why Procter & Gamble Was Started By Two Brother-in-laws

This section of our site is called “Origins Of Top Businesses.”  

It features interesting facts about the early years of well-known businesses.

These facts are given to you for fun and inspiration.
Fun because how many top businesses started out is really surprising.
Inspiring because it will help you as a business owner see that if they can do it, so can you.

Now for today’s facts:

  • Procter & Gamble was originally created by two sons-in-law. Their names were William Procter who was a candle maker and James Gamble was a soap maker.
  • After the two men married sisters, it was their father-in-law, Alexander Norris, who suggested they team up. Why? Because he saw that they were competing for the same raw materials.
  • The company was started  in 1837.
  • It was founded in Cincinnati, which at the time was a meatpacking center.  Because of this fact, it offered them an abundant supply of the fat and oil, which they needed to make their soaps and candles. 
  • After all these years, Procter & Gamble still make s some soap products: products like Tide laundry detergent and Dawn dishwashing liquid. They also make a lot of other products like Pampers diapers, Bounty paper towels and even Pringles chips.

Source: CNBC

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