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William Wrigley, Jr., founder of Wrigley's Gum and famous owner of the Chicago Cubs born in Philadelphia

William Wrigley, Junior, circa 1905, detail
09/30/1861
William Wrigley, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of nine children of a soap factory owner.  He founded his own company in 1891 selling soap and baking powder, then introduced chewing gum to his sales.  Soon gum became the company's only product.  He also developed Catalina Island in Southern California as a resort and famously owned the Chicago Cubs Baseball team.  He died a multi-millionaire in Phoenix, Arizona in January 1932.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Margaret C. Hall, William Wrigley, Jr., The Founder of Wrigley's Gum (Chicago, IL: The Heinemann Library, 2005), 6. 

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