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Fred Wardell

AKA Frederick M. Wardell

Born: 30-Mar-1866
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 1952
Location of death: Detroit, MI
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Wardell Mausoleum, Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co.

Fred Wardell worked alongside his father as an auctioneer for more than twenty years before quitting in 1902 to sell vacuum cleaners. Seven years later he went into business for himself under the name Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Company, but still only selling, not making the machines. In 1913, with four business partners, he purchased a small factory and began making Eureka brand vacuum cleaners. By 1927 Eureka had sold more than two-million vacuum cleaners, and was the second best selling brand of vacuum in America. Wardell died in 1952, and the company is now a unit of Electrolux.

Father: Orrin Wardell (auctioneer, b. 1-Apr-1836, d. 1915)
Mother: Mary Pennock Wardell (d. 1915)
Brother: Charles Wardell (auctioneer)
Wife: Helen Williams (m. 25-Jan-1893)

    Electrolux Founder, Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Co. (1909)
    Columbia Country Club
    Detroit Athletic Club
    Detroit Board of Commerce
    Freemasonry
    Oakland Hills Country Club
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Canadian Ancestry


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