Frank Seiberling

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Frank Seiberling was born on October 6, 1859, in Summit County, Ohio. He attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, for two years, before becoming the secretary and treasurer of the J.F. Seiberling Company in Akron, Ohio. Seiberling's father began this company, which produced farming machinery, several years earlier. The younger Seiberling also became involved in other businesses, including banking and electric railways.

In 1898, Seiberling founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron. The firm quickly emerged as a leader in the production of rubber items, including bicycle tires, pneumatic carriage and automobile tires, horseshoes, and hoses. Seiberling remained as the company's president until 1921, when an economic recession prompted him to resign. Soon thereafter, Seiberling began the Seiberling Rubber Company in Barberton, Ohio.

During his lifetime, Seiberling became famous for his fair treatment of workers. He also donated millions of dollars to charitable causes in his community. Seiberling served on the board of trustees of Buchtel College and assisted this institution in becoming the University of Akron. Seiberling died in 1955.

See Also


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