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William Colgate (1783 - 1857)

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William Colgate
Born in Hollingbourne, Kent, Englandmap
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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William Colgate was born in Hollingbourne, Kent, England, on January 25, 1783. He was the son of Robert Colgate and his wife Sarah (née Bowles).

William Colgate came to New York City in 1804. He there obtained employment as an apprentice to a soap-boiler, and learned the business. In 1806, he founded what became the Colgate toothpaste company.

He married Mary Gilbert in 1811 and had three sons, Robert, James and Samuel. The family were Baptists, and William was a deacon of the Mulberry Street Baptist Church.[1]

Resting place: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York


  1. Maclay, I W. The Life of Rev. Archibald Maclay, D.d., 1776-1860. New York: Polydore Barnes, 1902, 42 (

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