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William Ziegler Biography

Born: Sept. 1, 1843 Beaver county, Pa.

From: America's Successful Men 1895

WILLIAM ZIEGLER, manufacturer, a son of Francis Ziegler, manufacturer, was born in Beaver county, Pa., Sept. 1, 1843. While William was yet a child, the family moved to the West and settled on a farm near Muscatine, Iowa. His mother, Ernestina, being left a widow when William was three years old, afterward married Conrad Brandt, an influential resident of Sweetland township in Muscatine county. In 1858, William learned the printer's trade in the office of The Muscatine Journal and followed varied employments for a few years, being after 1861 a druggist's clerk. In 1862-3, he graduated from Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, and then came to New York, where after a struggle he secured a place in a wholesale drug store, with which he remained five years, in the meanwhile graduating from the New York School of Pharmacy. By economy, he managed to save a little capital, and in 1868, engaged on his own account in supplying bakers and confectioners with extracts, drugs, etc., not having at the time sufficient means to start a store. From this trade, sprang the enormous business in baking powder, which he subsequently developed. In 1870, he organized The Royal Chemical Co., and began the manufacture of baking powder, and in 1873, incorporated The Royal Baking Powder Co. These interests he managed with remarkable success, finally selling them in 1886. He has since invested largely in corporations. He owns a large interest in The W. B. Hislop Co., of Syracuse and Auburn, N.Y. In 1890, he bought The Price Baking Powder Co., of Chicago, now very profitable, and, in March, 1891, The Tartar Chemical Co., of Jersey City. He is also interested in The Lake Street Elevated Railroad of Chicago and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, but has not been actively engaged in business since 1886. Prior to and upon withdrawing a large amount of capital from the baking powder industry, Mr. Ziegler engaged in large real estate operations and improvements in Brooklyn, especially in the 23d and 25th Wards, amounting to millions of dollars. He has also bought 2,000 lots at Morris Park, 1,500 lots in Flatbush and New Utrecht, known as the Martense Farm, 2,500 lots in Flushing and Corona, 2,000 lots on Staten Island, 6,000 lots at Linden, N.J., and much other property, including improved realty on Liberty and Cedar Streets, and Fifth and Madison Avenues in New York city. July 22, 1886, he married Mrs. E. M. Gamble, sister of Mrs. W. Jennings Demorest, of New York. He is a member of the Union League club of Brooklyn and Chicago, Atlantic, Larchmont and New York Yacht clubs, Down Town, Brooklyn and Robins Island clubs, and is a famous hunter, his house being decorated with splendid moose, caribou and deer and other trophies from the woods Mr. Ziegler came into great prominence in Brooklyn a few years ago by his long and successful fight to prevent the extravagant purchase of The Long Island Water Supply Co., by the city. He saved the city $1,500,000. He has been twice offered the Mayoralty of Brooklyn by the Republicans, but refused to make the canvass, the last time being governed by the failure of the Democrats to renominate Mayor Chapin, with whom he wished to contest the campaign.

Source:

Hall, Henry, ed.
America's Successful Men
Published by: The New York Tribune, New York NY, 1895.



Biographical Sketch for William Ziegler

Born: Sept. 1, 1843 Beaver county, Pa.

From: Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women 1902

ZIEGLER, WILLIAM, manufacturer, was born Sept. 1, 1843, in Beaver county, Pa. In 1870 he organized the Royal Chemical company, and began the manufacture of baking powder, and in 1873 incorporated the Royal Baking Powder company in New York city. He came into great prominence in Brooklyn a few years ago by his long and successful fight to prevent the extravagant purchase of the Long Island Water Supply company by the city. He saved the city $1,500,000. He has been twice offered the mayoralty of Brooklyn by the republicans.

Source:

Herringshaw, Thomas William, ed.
Accurate and Succinct Biographies of Famous Men and Women in All Walks of Life ...
American Publishers Association, Chicago 1902.

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