AKA Frederick M. Wardell
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Location of death: Detroit, MI
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Wardell Mausoleum, Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, MI
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
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
Oakland Hills Country Club
Naturalized US Citizen
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