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R. T. French

AKA Robert Timothy French

Born: 15-Nov-1828
Birthplace: Ithaca, NY
Died: 17-Jun-1893
Location of death: Rochester, NY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Yellow mustard

R. T. French worked for a New York tea, coffee and spice shop for more than twenty years before opening his own spice brokerage in 1876, which became the French & Sons Spice Company four years later. Along with baking powder and birdseed, the company sold mustard, but like other American mustards of that era it was pungent and powerful. French died in 1893, and eleven years later his sons, Francis and George, introduced a much milder "cream salad mustard". As the name implies, it was originally intended as a salad dressing, but French's mustard became popular instead as a condiment for hot dogs and hamburgers.

Father: Phillip French (furniture maker, b. circa 1804)
Mother: Julia Caroline Walker French (eight children)
Brother: Rodney French (b. 1827, d. 1846)
Brother: Phillip French, Jr. (b. 1832, d. infancy)
Brother: Phillip French, Jr. (tinsmith, b. 1835, d. 1886)
Brother: Edson French (dentist, b. 1837)
Sister: Julia Caroline French (b. 1839)
Brother: Horace French (b. 1841)
Brother: John French (b. 1844)
Mother: Amanda Barber French (stepmother, b. circa 1846)
Sister: Evangeline Harriet French (stepsister)
Wife: Frances Jackson French (b. 1833, four sons)
Son: George Jackson French (President of French's, b. 1854)
Son: Robert T. French, Jr. (physician, b. 1862)
Son: Francis Jackson French (French's executive, b. circa 1868)
Son: Edward French (physician, "Ned", b. 1872)

    French & Sons Spice Company Founder and President (1880-93)
    German Ancestry

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