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Edward P. Williams

AKA Edward Porter Williams

Born: 10-May-1843
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Died: 4-May-1903
Location of death: Glenville, OH
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Williams of Sherwin-Williams

Military service: 85th Volunteer Infantry of Ohio (Civil War)

Edward P. Williams invested $15,000 to become the business partner of Henry Sherwin in 1870, converting what had been the Truman Dunham Company into Sherwin, Williams & Company. Of the two partners, Williams was the better-educated and more business-minded, and was responsible for the development of the company's army of sales staff. He also engineered the acquisition of Calumet Paint Company, which gave Sherwin-Williams a strong foothold in the market for industrial and railroad-car paints. He was reported to be a skilled whist player who had a "masterful use of profanity".

His half-sister, Betsey Maria Williams, was the mother of pioneering brain surgeon Harvey Cushing.

Father: William Williams (b. 2-Jun-1803, d. 14-Dec-1888)
Mother: Laura Fitch Williams (b. 5-Dec-1814, m. 30-May-1832, d. 30-Sep-1852)
Sister: Lucy Williams (b. 7-Jun-1833, d. infany)
Sister: Betsey Maria Williams Cushing (half-sister, b. 1828, d. 1903)
Brother: Grant Fitch Williams (half-brother, b. 1829, d. 1870)
Sister: Laura Williams Day (b. 1835)
Brother: William George Williams (b. 1837, d. 1905)
Brother: Charles Tudor Williams (President of the Cleveland Box Co., b. 1839)
Sister: Lucy Williams Crehore (b. 1841)
Sister: Mary Cushing Williams Harvey (b. 1846, d. 1907)
Sister: Julia Mygatt Williams (b. 1848, d. 1855)
Wife: Louise Mason Williams (m. 22-Jul-1869, no children)

    High School: Cleveland High School, Cleveland OH (1859)
    University: BS, Case Western Reserve University (1864)
    University: MS, Case Western Reserve University (1869)

    Sherwin-Williams VP (1870-1903)
    Cleveland Chamber of Commerce


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