Friday, September 28, 2012
September 27, 1842
Henry A. Sherwin is born. He is described in the company history website as being “self-taught and self-propelled” and an “entrepreneur and inventor.” His formal education in his hometown of Baltimore, Vermont ended at the young age of 13 when he got a job in a general store. From there he became a photographer and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he became first a clerk and then a book keeper for Freeman & Kellogg dry goods. He became a partner in the George Sprague Company, purveyors of groceries. The grocery business gave young Henry a good income, but he wanted something more. Opportunities with a wholesale drug company, a bank, and a wholesale paint company then presented themselves.
Sherwin chose the paint company, not because it offered the most money initially, but because he thought it “gave the promise of a future greater than others.” You’ve probably guessed by now, Henry Sherwin is half of what became Sherwin-Williams, one of the largest paint companies in the world, and a major supplier of automotive refinish paint in the US.