Henry J. Heinz

Henry J. Heinz
Henry John Heinz in 1917.jpg
Heinz in 1917
Born
Henry John Heinz

(1844-10-11)October 11, 1844
Birmingham, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedMay 14, 1919(1919-05-14) (aged 74)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Resting placeHomewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh
OccupationBusiness magnate
TitleFounder of Heinz Foods
Spouse(s)
Sarah Sloan Young Heinz
(m. 1869; died 1894)
Children5
Relatives
F.L. Brown, S.P. Leet, Reverend J.G. Holdcroft, Marion Lawrence, Henry John Heinz, and Bishop Joseph Crane Hartzell in 1917

Henry John Heinz (October 11, 1844 – May 14, 1919) was a German-American entrepreneur who founded the H. J. Heinz Company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born in that city, the son of German immigrants from the Palatinate who came independently to the United States in the early 1840s. Heinz developed his business into a national company which made more than 60 food products; one of its first was tomato ketchup. He was influential for introducing high sanitary standards for food manufacturing. He also exercised a paternal relationship with his workers, providing health benefits, recreation facilities, and cultural amenities. His descendants carried on the business until fairly recently, selling their remaining holdings to the predecessor company of what is now Kraft Heinz. Heinz was the great-grandfather of former U.S. Senator H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania.

Early life and education

Henry John Heinz was born in Pittsburgh on October 11, 1844, the son of German immigrants John Henry Heinz (1811–1891), of Kallstadt, Palatinate, Kingdom of Bavaria, and Anna Margaretha Schmidt (1822–1899), of Kruspis, Haunetal, Hesse-Kassel.[1] His father immigrated to the United States at age 29 in 1840,[citation needed] 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.[1][2] Anna Schmidt was the daughter of a Lutheran minister; John Heinz was also Lutheran.[1][2]

Heinz was raised and confirmed as a Lutheran.[3] Later in life he also worshipped as a member of Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and worked closely with Baptists as well.[1]

Through his father's family, Henry Heinz was a second cousin to Frederick Trump, who emigrated to the United States in 1885.[4][not in citation given] Trump was the immigrant ancestor and paternal grandfather of Donald Trump of New York City,[3] the 45th President of the United States.

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