Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Samuel Colgate (1822 - 1897)

Samuel Colgate was the son of William Colgate who created a soap business. Samuel expanded his father’s business creating one of the largest institutions of its kind. William was known to give at least a tenth of his net income to various charities. He helped to organize the American Bible Society and the Foreign Bible Society. Samuel Colgate became the benefactor and trustee of Madison University located in Hamilton, New York which was renamed in 1890 to Colgate University. William and Samuel Colgate were the American manufacturer philanthropists who created the Colgate Palmolive Company. 

Samuel Colgate declared:

“The only spiritual light in the world comes through Jesus Christ and the inspired Book; redemption and forgiveness of sin alone through Christ. Without His presence and the teachings of the Bible, we would be enshrouded in moral darkness and despair."

"The condition of those nations without Christ, contrasted with those where Christ is accepted, reveals so marked a difference that no arguments are needed. It is an object lesson so plain that it can be seen and understood by all. May ‘the earth be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.’”

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