Samuel Curtis Johnson

First generation leader of SC Johnson, Samuel Curtis Johnson

The generous and determined founder of A Family Company perseverance and compassion created a unique company that still thrives 130+ years later.

It was a fairly creative notion on the part of my great-grandfather that put Johnson Wax in business…he saw a business opportunity with an idea that was rather simple, but that others were missing.

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Samuel Curtis Johnson playing chess
Before founding SC Johnson in 1886, Samuel Curtis Johnson work on the railroads and was also a partner at a book and stationery store.
Samuel C. Johnson, first generation leader of American company, SC Johnson
SC Johnson’s legacy of corporate philanthropy goes back to Samuel Curtis Johnson, who donated 10% of his income to civic improvements.
SC Johnson's Prepared Wax vintage ad
Johnson’s Prepared Wax was the company’s first diversification, setting us on an enduring path of growth.
1899 Johnson's Paste Wax Factory in Racine, Wisconsin
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Samuel Curtis Johnson
1833 –
1919
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