Today marks the 215th birthday of founder James Gamble. Like many of us today, James was not born into prominence and had to work for everything he earned. Brought to the United States as an immigrant boy of 16, James found himself in Cincinnati fighting for his life during a cholera epidemic. Overcoming his illness, he did what any young adult would do next and went to work. At his first job, an apprentice to a soapmaker, James spent tireless hours carrying buckets up steps to huge, boiling iron kettles making the soap. His initial pay was simply his room and board, but as he proved himself and his work ethic he was paid an additional $9.00 a month. With his apprenticeship completed, he worked a few years with another company building his soap making skills. In 1828 feeding his entrepreneurial spirit, James took a chance by entering into a partnership with friend, opening their own soap and candle shop. Meeting with moderate success, he married Elizabeth Norris 9 years later and became close with his brother-in-law, William Procter. The two decided to go into business together a few years later after their father-in-law suggested they would be great together. In 1837, William Procter and James Gamble signed their partnership agreement that marked the founding of the Procter & Gamble Company. Always a student of his trade, James spent 20 years working toward mastery. His strong will and determination to better himself always carried him through whatever challenges he met along the way.