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Gideon Daniel Searle

Born: 13-Feb-1846
Birthplace: Deerfield, IN
Died: 25-Jan-1917
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Searle Pharmaceuticals

Military service: US Army, 15th New York Cavalry (Civil War)

Gideon Daniel Searle was a Civil War veteran, small-town druggist, and a friend of Frank Hereth, who had been chief chemist for Eli Lilly. Hereth became Searle's business partner in Searle and Hereth Co. in 1888, a business that evolved into Searle Pharmaceuticals. Legally incorporated in Chicago twenty years later, the company's early business model involved manufacturing and packaging remedies for syphilis and amoebic dysentery, among other medicines, and selling these drugs to physicians, who in turn sold these drugs to their patients instead of sending patients to drug stores. Searle ran the company until his death in 1917, at which time his son, Claude Howard Searle, became President of Searle. Under this next generation of family ownership the company developed its most successful early product, the fiber supplement Metamucil. Searle is now a subsidiary of Monsanto.

Father: Herman L. Searle (farmer, b. 19-Jul-1812, d. 20-Jun-1896)
Mother: Barbara Schermerhorn Searle (farmer, b. 3-Dec-1816, m. 30-Nov-1837, d. 16-Apr-1893)
Sister: Gertrude Putman Searle Sublette (b. 26-Dec-1841)
Sister: Abigail Clark Searle Rice (b. 21-Jul-1843, d. 22-Feb-1910)
Sister: Maria Greenman Searle Taylor (b. 12-Jul-1848)
Brother: Orlando Clark Searle (b. 14-Nov-1850, d. infancy)
Brother: Herman Scott Searle (G. D. Searle Co. salesman, b. 22-Aug-1853, d. 12-Jan-1923)
Brother: Ernestus Putman Searle (druggist, b. 3-Jan-1855, d. 14-Feb-1916)
Sister: Emma Dady Searle Myrick (b. 29-Dec-1856, d. 12-Feb-1925)
Wife: Cornelia Howard Searle (b. 24-Oct-1849, m. 6-Oct-1868, d. 6-Jun-1924, one son)
Son: Claude Howard Searle (physician and G. D. Searle Co. executive, b. 1-Aug-1873, d. 22-Oct-1944)

    Searle Pharmaceuticals Founder and President (1888-1917)


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