Where Did Colgate ToothPaste Came From? A Biography of A Man of God!

Where Did Colgate ToothPaste Came From? A Biography Of A Man Of God!


Dear friend, we all know colgate tooth paste. In fact, many of us use that brand (including me :d )

Let us know it's history, a silent testimony!

Twelve-year-old William Colgate woke with a start as someone pounded on the door of the house. It was the middle of the night in the small town of Shoreham, near London.


William Pitt, the British prime minister, had sent a private messenger to warn his friend - Colgate's father - that he must leave England or risk imprisonment or death. People knew that Robert Colgate had sympathized with the Americans during their recent fight for independence. So, in March 1795, the Colgates boarded ship for Baltimore. When the family arrived in America, they settled on a farm.

Then William's father formed a partnership with Ralph Maher to manufacture soap and candles, and William helped the two men. The partnership dissolved after two years - William's father wanted to get back to farming.


 William, 19 years old, decided that he would go into business on his own. However, his business failed within a year. William determined to try again - this time in New York City.


"Be sure you start right, and you'll get along well," advised a friend, a canal-boat captain who was a Christian. "Someone will be the leading soap maker in New York. It may be you!


"Be a good man. Give your heart to Christ. Give God all that belongs to Him. Make an honest soap. Give a full pound."


William read the Old Testament story of Jacob's vow. When Jacob left home, he said, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the Lord will be my God... and of all that you [God] give me I will give you a tenth." – Genesis 28:20-22


Jacob's vow challenged William. He made a similar vow; he determined to give God first place in his life, and he also promised to give a tenth - a tithe - of his profits to God.


In 1804, at the age of 21, William found employment with tallow chandlers Slidel and Company, where he learned more about the soap-making business. When, two years  later, the company ceased production, William was ready to try again.


William Colgate and Company met with success from the start. Within six years he added the manufacture of starch to his laundry-soap business. Later, he also produced hand soap and a variety of toilet and shaving soaps.


As Colgate's business grew, so did his family. In 1811, he married Mary Gilbert, and they became the  parents of 11 children - giving most biblical names. They attended church, had family worship, and read the Bible together.


William became known as Deacon Colgate in his church. He liberally supported  missions, temperance (the Colgates allowed no alcohol in their home), and Christian education. He donated large sums to several educational institutions, including Madison  College, in Hamilton, New York. It's now called Colgate University in his honor.


Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. The word Colgate translates as "GO HANG YOURSELF" (as a command UNFORTUNATELY lol)

William never forgot his promise to God. From the first dollar he earned he devoted 10 percent of his net earnings to benevolence. As he prospered, he instructed his accountants to increase the amount to 20 percent and later to 30 percent. It seemed that the more he gave, the more he prospered.


William saw, in his business, the fulfillment of the promise made to tithe payers that God will " 'throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."

-Malachi 3:10


He took an active interest in the Bible, particularly its translation, publication, and  distribution. In 1816, he helped organize the American Bible Society, and later he assisted in forming the American and Foreign Bible Society.


The soap king died on March 25, 1857, but his influence continues. The Colgate name lives on in products in supermarkets throughout the world. And the name still preaches a sermon to those who know his story.



Henry Parsons Crowell (1855–1943) was an American businessman, founder of the Quaker Oats Company and a philanthropist.[1]

At the end of the 19th century, steam engines, telegraph and telephone systems, electricity and typewriters were part of the explosion of technology in America.[2]



·                                 1 Character

·                                 2 Accomplishments

·                                 3 Legacies and contributions

·                                 4 Bibliography

·                                 5 References


Henry Parsons Crowell knew how to listen , persevere and address the challenges these new inventions were creating, and mediate the conflicts between those who wanted to keep the traditions of the old century and those who pushed for the ways of the future. A book was dedicated to him written by Joe Musser, called Cereal Tycoon. [3][2]


Henry Parsons Crowell had a dramatic impact on the lives of millions of people. As the founder of the Quaker Oats Company he helped change the eating habits of Americans, and in the process helped to create entirely new methods of marketing and merchandising that are still revolutionary, even by today's standards.[3][2]

One of the wealthiest men of Chicago when he died in 1944, Henry Parsons Crowell, gave away nearly 70 percent of his earnings for more than 40 years. Born into a wealthy family in 1855 and endowed with a large inheritance after the death of his father, Crowell had the opportunity to live well and do little. He chose to work hard, never compromising, even when doing so would bring him more prosperity. His shrewd business sense and marketing genius brought him to the highest levels in business as the founder of the Quaker Oats Company and other major enterprises. Crowell viewed all things as a stewardship from God.

Businessmen over the years came to know Jesus Christ personally because of the influence of Henry Parsons Crowell. In whatever he did, Crowell sought to honor God whether it was through business or his 40 years as chairman of the Board of Moody Bible Institute. The Henry Parsons Crowell and Susan Coleman Crowell Trust carefully states that the purpose of the Trust is to fund the teaching and active extension of the doctrines of evangelical Christianity.

Today, more than 75 years later, that directive still guides the Trustees as they disperse funds from the Trust to organizations whose missions are in line with Mr. Crowell’s vision. His vision and mission have blessed hundreds of ministries every year all around the world.[4]

[edit]Legacies and contributions

Henry Crowell became enormously wealthy in several other businesses. But it is what he did with his wealth, donated over 70 percent of his wealth to Crowell Trust and the stewardship of his time and money that hold such interest and value for today's people and Christians alike.[2]The Moody Bible Institute named a 12-story building after him, Crowell Hall.[5] He was regarded as one of the most respected Christianbusiness man in early 20th century in the US.[4][3][2]


Musser, Joe (1997). The Cereal Tycoon. Moody Press. ISBN 0802416160.

Day, Richard Ellsworth, "Breakfast Table Autocrat The Life Story of Henry Parsons Crowell". Moody Press, Chicago, 1946.

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