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In 1837, two men, who met by chance, created a family-run candle and soap business and later propelled it into what is now seen at the largest consumer goods company in the world known as Procter & Gamble.
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The company was founded by William Procter and James Gamble, who met because they happened to marry into the same family. The company says if it wasn't for sisters Oliva and Ann Norris, the two may have never met and formed a relationship that would later propel them to the helm of what is now a multi-billion company.
PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Procter was born in England in 1801. He worked as a general store apprentice where he learned how to dip candles. Later, he opened a dry goods store in London. Unfortunately, he was robbed only one day into the business, pushing him $8,000 in debt, the company says. In order to rebuild his life, he and his first wife immigrated to the United States in the early 80s. However, a few short months after their trek across the pond his wife became ill, forcing them to stop in Cinncinatti otherwise known as “The Queen of the West." After she died, Procter stayed and established himself as a candle maker. It was a way to help pay off his previously accrued debt, the company explains.