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Frederick Weyerhaeuser

AKA Frederick Weyerhäuser

Born: 21-Nov-1834
Birthplace: Niedersaulheim, Germany
Died: 4-Apr-1914
Location of death: Pasadena, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, IL

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Weyerhaeuser Company

Frederick Weyerhaeuser was raised in Germany, and quit school at the age of twelve after his father died. He immigrated to America in his early twenties, finding employment at a brewery in Erie, Pennsylvania, and later at a saw mill in Rock Island, Illinois. At the mill his hard work was rewarded with quick advancement, from millman to night foreman to payroll manager, and finally he was put in charge of the saw mill and later a lumber yard. He lived frugally and saved his money until he was able to purchase a small saw mill with his brother-in-law, and by the mid 1880s he controlled numerous mills and lumber yards in Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. By the time his holdings were consolidated as the Weyerhaeuser Company in 1900, his mills and logging operations dominated America's lumber industry.

His son Charles was a co-founder and first President of the Potlatch Lumber Company in 1903. Another of the elder Weyerhaeuser's son's, Rudolph, was President of Potlatch (now Potlatch Corporation) in the 1930s.

Father: John Weyerhaeuser (vinyard owner, d. 6-Oct-1846)
Wife: Sarah Elizabeth Bloedel Weyerhaeuser (m. 11-Oct-1857)
Son: John Philip Weyerhaeuser (Weyerhaeuser executive, b. 1858, d. 1935)
Daughter: Elise Weyerhaeuser Hill (b. 1860, d. 1946)
Son: Rudolph Michael Weyerhaeuser (Potlatch executive, b. 1868, d. 1946)
Son: Frederick Edward Weyerhaeuser (Weyerhaeuser executive, b. 1872, d. 1945)
Daughter: Apollonia Weyerhaeuser Davis (b. 1874, d 1953)
Son: Charles Weyerhaeuser (Potlatch executive)
Daughter: Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett

    Weyerhaeuser Founder and President (1900-14)
    Weyerhaeuser & Denkmann Co-Founder & President (1860-1900)
    Mississippi River Logging Company Co-Founder (1870) President (1872-1900)
    Naturalized US Citizen
    German Ancestry


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