Fels, Samuel S. (Samuel Simeon), 1860-1950

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Samuel Simeon Fels, youngest son of Lazarus and Susanna Fels, was born in Yanceyville, North Carolina, on February 16, 1860. His family moved north to settle in Philadelphia, where in 1876 Samuel joined the soap manufacturing business established that year by his older brother. The firm, Fels & Co., was incorporated in 1914, and Samuel became its first president, holding the office until his death in 1950. (The company was sold to Purex Corporation in 1964.) While remaining active in the affairs of Fels & Co., he also became one of Philadelphia's most prominent philanthropists. He took an active interest in, and gave generous support to civic, scientific, cultural, and educational causes. In 1936 Fels established the Samuel S. Fels Fund to continue financial support in these areas.

From the description of Papers, 1889-1973. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122523757

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referencedIn Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956. Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Nearing, Scott,. Oral History Interview, 1969. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Fels, Samuel Simeon, 1860-1950. Papers, 1889-1973. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Fels, Joseph, 1884-1914. Joseph and Mary Fels papers, 1840-1956 (inclusive), 1905-1944 (bulk). Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Gruenberg, Frederick P., 1884-1976. Papers, 1902-1970. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. Papers, 1885-1923. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Child Labor Association (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1905-1915. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956. Robert Mearns Yerkes papers, 1822-1985 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Allied Jewish Appeal. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee of Seventy. corporateBody
associatedWith Fels, Joseph, 1884-1914. person
associatedWith Gruenberg, Frederick P., 1884-1976. person
associatedWith Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Nearing, Scott, person
associatedWith Pennsylvania Child Labor Association (Philadelphia, Pa.). corporateBody
associatedWith Phalen, Dale. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956. person
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Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Soap trade
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Philanthropist--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Birth 1860-02-16

Death 1950

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