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Joseph Campbell

Born: 15-May-1817
Birthplace: Bridgeton, NJ
Died: 19-Jan-1900
Location of death: Riverton, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Campbell Soups

Joseph Campbell was a fruit merchant who, in 1869, purchased half-ownership of Abraham Anderson's small canning factory, at 41 N. 2nd Street in Camden, New Jersey. Their Anderson & Campbell Company produced packaged condiments, jellies, minced meats, tomatoes, vegetables, and yes, soups, but the two men argued about how the business should be run, and in 1876 Campbell bought Anderson's shares and re-named the operation Joseph Campbell & Company.

In 1882 the company took on three new partners, including Arthur Dorrance, and became the Joseph Campbell Preserving Company. It was Dorrance's nephew, John T. Dorrance, who invented the process for condensing soup, which gave the Campbell Company a crucial competitive advantage -- with most of the water removed, they could ship and sell their soups for far less than other canned soupmakers. Campbell retired in 1894, and after his death in 1900 the company was re-named Joseph Campbell Company. As soup became its key product the firm was re-named Campbell Soup in 1922.

Father: James Campbell (blacksmith, b. 25-Feb-1786, d. 1856)
Mother: Hannah Ogden Campbell (m. 28-Mar-1810)
Brother: Charles Campbell (b. 7-Dec-1819)
Brother: James Campbell, Jr. (blacksmith, b. 2-Feb-1822)
Brother: John Campbell (blacksmith, b. 6-Jan-1824)
Sister: Hannah Campbell (b. 15-Jan-1826)
Brother: Ebenezer Davis Campbell (b. 6-Sep-1828, d. 9-May-1832)
Sister: Mary Sharp Campbell Clark (b. 19-Sep-1831)
Brother: Benjamin Franklin Campbell (b. 18-Jul-1833, d. 20-Apr-1839)
Wife: Abigail Powell Moore Campbell (b. circa 1819, m. 26-Jan-1839, d. 4-May-1841)
Wife: Adeline Ogden Campbell (cousin, b. circa 1829, m. 7-May-1852, d. 17-May-1856, one son)
Son: Charles Frederic Campbell (b. Apr-1856, d. infancy)
Wife: Sarah Boyd Foster Campbell (b. 1827, d. 1918, two daughters)
Daughter: Elizabeth Campbell (b. 1864, d. 1930)
Daughter: Antoinete Campbell (b. 1871, d. 1948)

    Campbell Soup Founder & President (1869-94)
    Scottish Ancestry (maternal & paternal)


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