Friday, September 28, 2012
May 10, 1843
Edward P. Williams is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cleveland High School, graduating in 1859, and then went on to earn degrees at Hudson College. He also found time to serve in the 85th Volunteer Infantry of Ohio during the Civil War. In 1870, he invested $15,000 of his own money and joined his friend Henry Sherwin in founding the Sherwin-Williams Company. His claim to fame within the company was organizing a formidable sales force. Sherwin-Williams is one of the largest paint companies in the world, and a major supplier of automotive refinish paint in the US.