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Franklin Clarence MARS

American Franklin Clarence MARS

American business magnate who founded the food company Mars, Incorporated

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 24, 1882 in Pope County, Minnesota, United States
Died: on April 08, 1934 in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania or Baltimore, Maryland, United States


Frank Mars was born in 1882 in Minnesota. He learned how to hand-dip chocolate candy as a child from his mother Alva, who entertained him while he had a mild case of polio. He began to sell molasses chips at age 19.

Mars and Ethel G. Kissack (September 29, 1882 – April 11, 1980), a schoolteacher, were married in 1902.

He started the Mars Candy Factory in 1911 with Ethel V. Mars, his second wife, in Tacoma, Washington. This factory produced and sold fresh candy wholesale, but ultimately the venture failed because there was a better established business, Brown & Haley, also operating in Tacoma.

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- Category Industrialist, Businessman