Introduction The Chocolate The Village The People Resouces

 


PREVIOUS
PAGE


OWNERSHIP OF BAKER'S CHOCOLATE



NEXT
PAGE
Ownership of Baker's Chocolate
Introduction
John Hannon
James Baker
Sidney Williams
Henry Pierce
Corporate Owners

Although the business that became Baker's Chocolate began with John Hannon in 1765, it was the Baker family that made the company into a household name. From 1780 to 1895, for 115 years Baker’s Chocolate remained, in one form or another, within the Baker family. The long company history began with James Baker in 1780. When James retired, he passed the business along to his son Edmund in 1804. After growing the company for over twenty years Edmund turned over chocolate making to his son Walter in 1823. For almost thirty years Walter Baker expanded production and made Baker’s Chocolate a recognizable name across the country. Walter did not have a son involved in the chocolate business, so when he died the company was passed along to his brother-in-law and long-time assistant, Sidney Williams. Unfortunately Sidney died suddenly after only two years. Walter Baker’s step-nephew, Henry Pierce, then took over the company. For over forty years Pierce grew the company and increased production capacity to make Baker’s Chocolate a world-wide brand. When Pierce decided to incorporate the company in 1895, Baker’s Chocolate ceased to be a Baker family business.

Due to multiple marriages, the connections between owners of the company can be difficult to decipher. See the charts below to understand the family relationships.

OWNER
FAMILY RELATION
YEARS OF OWNERSHIP
John Hannon
.
1765-1779
James Baker  
1780-1804
Edmund Baker
James’s son
1804-1823
Walter Baker
James’s grandson
1823-1852
Sidney Williams
Walter’s brother-in-law
1852-1854
Henry Pierce
Walter’s step-nephew
1854-1895