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Henry J. HEINZ

American Henry J. HEINZ

born Henry John HEINZ

American entrepreneur who founded the H. J. Heinz Company

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on October 11, 1844 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: on May 14, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Henry John Heinz was born in Pittsburgh on October 11, 1844, the son of German immigrants John Henry Heinz (1811–1891), of Kallstadt, Kingdom of Bavaria (now part of the Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany, and Anna Margaretha Schmidt (1822–1899), of Bavaria. His father immigrated to the United States at age 19 in 1840, his mother at age 21 in 1843. They were married December 4, 1843 in Birmingham, Pennsylvania on the south side of Pittsburgh, where they first met. Anna Schmidt was the daughter of a Lutheran minister; John Heinz was also Lutheran and his family had lived in a predominately Catholic area of Bavaria in southern Germany.

Heinz was raised and confirmed as a Lutheran. Later in life he also worshipped as a member of Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and worked closely with Baptists as well.

Through his father's family, Henry Heinz was a second cousin to Frederick Trump, who emigrated to the United States in 1885. He is the immigrant ancestor and paternal grandfather of Donald Trump of New York City, who was elected as President of the United States in the fall of 2016.

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