Francis Harrington

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Francis Harrington was born in New Castle, Maine.  He attended the Lincoln Academy.  He married Winifred in 1854, when he started a career as a seaman and dry-goods merchant.  In 1866, he started working for William Tiden and Nehphena in New York City as a varnish salesman. 

In 1868, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he continued to work as a varnish salesman, staying with the company until 1875. In the same year with his knowledge he started his own varnish manufacturing company.  In 1890, he incorporated the company serving as President and Director until he retired in 1917 at 85.  He also served as director of the Central National Bank of Cleveland.  He died in 192, he was 90.  The company was bought by PPG Industries, Inc., in 2012.

While you may not recognize Francis, surely you know his last name Glidden, of course the company he started was the Glidden Varnish Company.  They are also known for their quality paint.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi James Dray - I know of the Glidden Paint Company.  He had a Multifaceted career 

Mar 25, 2020 03:44 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Francis was a determined soul. We could use more of him. Enjoy your day!

Mar 25, 2020 04:53 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Agood one today. Very interesting and hardworking guy.

Mar 25, 2020 04:57 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have certainly heard of that brand of paint but did not know the back story until now.

Mar 25, 2020 05:09 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure had a strong will and desire, but it paid off.

Mar 25, 2020 05:17 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I would have to say I have used the product on occasion.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 25, 2020 05:48 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's a fun tidbit to file in the old memory bank James Dray . I've done a lot of painting over the years (never with any joy) and I've always respected Glidden.

Mar 25, 2020 06:04 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I can't imagine that any of use haven't heard of Glidden... but I would guess most of us would not have heard of Francis Harrington.

Mar 25, 2020 06:21 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - once again, you have helped fill in some information that was previously unknown by me.  

Mar 25, 2020 06:23 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Mar 25, 2020 06:44 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It is always nice to know that a name lives on and I hope his heirs respect that.

Mar 25, 2020 07:08 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I do know that name, we had our home in Los Angeles painted with Glidden paint inside and out.  A

Mar 25, 2020 07:26 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Sounds like another great American success story. All done without the help of the government.

Mar 25, 2020 07:47 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm very familiar with Glidden Paint company and it's fun to learn more about it. 

Mar 25, 2020 01:17 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's pretty neat to find out the origin of some of the most commonly used products & I appreciate you taking the time to enlighten us James.

Mar 25, 2020 02:49 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for sharing this story of an interesting man who had a hand in beautifying our homes.  Many rooms, painted with Glidden.

Mar 25, 2020 06:49 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Oh Yes, James Dray, I do  recognize the name, 'Glidden' only too well during all my many years of remodeling one house after another :)  Good for him!!  It was good for me, too.

Mar 28, 2020 03:36 AM #17
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