Family tree of Benjamin GOODRICH

Industrialist, Businessman

AmericanBorn Benjamin Franklin GOODRICH

American industrialist in the rubber industry and founder of B.F. Goodrich Company

Born on November 04, 1841 in Ripley, New York, USA , United States

Died on August 03, 1888

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Dr. Goodrich was born to Anson and Susan Goodrich in the farming town of Ripley, New York. He was orphaned at the age of eight, and raised thereafter by his uncle.

He received his M.D. from Cleveland Medical College (now Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine) and studied surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 1863. He then served as a battlefront surgeon for the Union Army in the Civil War. After a few years of a struggling medical practice, he went to work in Pennsylvania's oilfields, then became a real estate speculator. In 1869 he used most of his real estate profits to purchase the Hudson River Rubber Company, a small business in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. The following year Goodrich accepted an offer of $13,600 from the citizens of Akron, Ohio, to relocate his business there


After the war he reached a licensing agreement with Charles Goodyear and bought the Hudson Rubber Company in partnership with J.P. Morris. The company, located in Melrose, New York, failed. In 1870 he moved to Akron, Ohio, to found the company that still bears his name, B. F. Goodrich Corporation. The radial tire was designed by an advertising employee in his company.

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