Meet the Johnson Family

Every family has stories

We're happy to share ours. These are the stories of the Johnson family. Read on to discover how the family, and the company, have evolved throughout the generations.

 
Samuel Curtis Johnson
Herbert F. Johnson Sr.
H.F. Johnson Jr.
Samuel C. Johnson
H. Fisk Johnson
 
 
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Samuel Curtis Johnson

1833-1919

As sales multiplied, so did letters from customers who wanted help caring for their floors. So Samuel did what any entrepreneur would do: He started mixing up batches of floor wax in his bathtub....

Herbert F. Johnson Sr.

1868-1928

The incredulous shopkeeper watched as Herbert rolled up his sleeves, polished the floor and then sat down on it to be dragged about. With the proof of Herbert’s clean backside, the deal was sealed....

H.F. Johnson Jr.

1899-1978

They offered up many reasons why H.F. shouldn’t proceed. He simply looked them straight in the eye, and said, “Gentlemen, some decisions are only for the brave.” And he walked out....

Samuel C. Johnson

1928-2004

“Am I an environmentalist? Yes. Am I a businessman? Yes. But what I am more than anything else is a grandfather who wants his grandchildren to have the same kind of place to live and grow up in as I did....”

H. Fisk Johnson

The Current Generation

Throughout his life, Fisk grew up steeped in the stories of this family company - stories about his father, grandfather and previous generations' vision and values, adventures and aspirations.

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