Procter and Gamble: The History of a Household Name

P&G ProductsThink of the shampoo you use every single day. Is it Aussie or maybe Pantene? Do you use Tide laundry detergent? Did you know that these brands as well as 70 others fall under a huge umbrella company called Procter and Gamble? About 170 years ago, William Procter, a candle maker, and James Gamble, a soap maker, married two sisters. When their father and law noticed the two men working and competing for the same materials, he suggested that they join forces to become business partners. On October 31, 1837, they signed an agreement to create P&G, which would eventually become a household name.

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Later on, P&G became responsible for manufacturing many of the household products that American families use on a daily basis. Even though the company started out as a soap manufacturer, new innovations in technology helped P&G branch out into other areas of the United States economy. After the company had invented over 30 different kinds of soaps, they started producing Tide, a revolutionary laundry detergent. The success of Tide helped fund new research for products that would eventually become staples among consumers.

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After more products and much success, the company unfortunately faced economic hardships when the prices of P&G stock fell. However, the company hired a new CEO named AG Lafley who rejuvenated the company with a back to basics approach. Lafley kept moral high by saying, “P&G people are given the opportunity, the assignments, experiences and coaching to become the strongest leaders they can be.” Former Group President of P&G, Melanie Healey is also famous for saying, “Make your history a good history. Your reputation is everything. Keep this in mind everyday.” Today, P&G is one of the ten most valuable companies in the world.

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The Inauguration

 

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Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017. The former First Family met the new First Family at the White House, and both of the couples stood outside on the steps to wave to the crowds and show a peaceful transition of power.

Despite many protests and a relatively small inauguration crowd, President Trump was sworn in. During his inauguration speech, Trump said, “ Today we are not merely transferring power form one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, DC and giving it back to you, the people.” Some people noticed the quote was similar to Bane’s quote from The Dark Knight Rises. In another part of the speech, President Trump thanked Vice President Mike Pence for all of his support during the campaign.

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Pictured: President Donald Trump being sworn in as President of the United States.

Melania Trump’s blue Ralph Lauren inauguration outfit received many comparisons to an outfit that former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore. Many designers actually refused to dress the First Family for the occasion, and Marc Jacobs said, “I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump.”

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Pictured: Left- Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Right- First Lady Melania Trump

Overall, the day was filled with much controversy and scandal as well as triumph and celebration.