WILLIAM PROCTER AND JAMES GAMBLE
There’s no more moving testament to the power of America to unite its citizens than an Englishman and an Irishman getting together to invent soap that floats. English candlemaker William Procter and Irish soapmaker James Gamble intended to make their fortunes in the American West, but illness and ill fortune stranded them both in Cincinnati where they met and married sisters Olivia and Elizabeth Norris.
Their new father-in-law recognized the two men’s potential and convinced them to overcome the typical Anglo-Irish grievances (genocide, terrorism, different beer preferences) to found a joint soap-and-candle factory in 1837.
Weathering economic turmoil and riskily expanding their industrial plant, the sons of the Emerald and Sceptred Isles hit it big when they won the contracts to provide the Union Army with soap and candles during the Civil War. Today Procter & Gamble is one of the world’s largest corporations and/or Satanic cults.