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Charles Louis Fleischmann

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Krnov, Moravia
Death: December 10, 1897 (62)
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Nathan Fleischmann and Babette Fleischmann
Husband of Henrietta Robertson Fleischmann
Father of Julius Fleischmann; Bettie Holmes and Maximillian C Fleischmann
Brother of Josephine Fleischmann; Louis Fleischmann; Henry A Fleischmann; Maximilian Fleischmann; Gustav Fleischmann and 1 other

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About Charles Louis Fleischmann Charles Louis Fleischmann (November 3, 1835 – December 10, 1897) was an innovative manufacturer of yeast and other consumer food products during the 19th Century. In the late 1860s, he and his brother Maximilian created America’s first commercially produced yeast, which revolutionized baking in a way that made today’s mass production and consumption of bread possible.

Contents [show] Biography[edit] A native of Jägerndorf (Czech: Krnov), Moravian Silesia, Charles Fleischmann was the son of Alois (or Abraham) Fleischmann, a distiller and yeast maker, and Babette.[2] He was educated in Budapest, Hungary, Vienna and Prague. He was Hungarian and spoke Magyar, and married Prussian girl Henriette Robertson in New York.[3] He then managed a distillery in Vienna where he produced spirits and yeast. In 1865, Fleischmann came to the United States, and was disappointed in the quality of locally baked bread in the Cincinnati, Ohio region. The brothers, along with another business partner named James Gaff, founded what became the Fleischmann Yeast Company in Riverside, Cincinnati, in 1868.[4]

In 1876, they exhibited a Model Vienna Bakery at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, which brought international publicity and sales exposure to the fledgling company, and yeast sales dramatically increased. Eventually, Fleischmann would own 14 manufacturing facilities.[5] Max commuted to New York headquarters from his home in Santa Barbara, California by private railcar.[6]

The company still exists today as a St. Louis-based producer of yeast and other products. The Fleischmann Yeast Company eventually became the world's leading yeast producer and the second largest in the production of vinegar. It was also America's first commercial producer of gin, under the Fleischmann brand name.

Charles Fleischmann is also responsible for numerous mechanical patents involving yeast production machinery. He helped to organize the Market National Bank and became its president from 1887 until his death in 1897. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in a mausoleum based on the Parthenon.[7] His son, Julius Fleischmann, later served as the mayor of Cincinnati.

Legacy[edit] Charles Fleischmann was inducted into the American Society of Baking’s Baking Hall of Fame on March 3, 2008, at the Society’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

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Charles Louis Fleischmann's Timeline

November 3, 1835
Krnov, Moravia
June 8, 1871
Age 35
Cincinnati, OH
March 12, 1873
Age 37
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
February 26, 1877
Age 41
December 10, 1897
Age 62
Cincinnati, OH, USA