Henry Perky

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Birthday
7, 1843
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Jun 29, 1906 (62)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
7, 1843
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Jun 29, 1906 (62)

About

Inveterate inventor who was inspired to create shredded-wheat cereal after his first dream went up in flames.

Before Fame

He tried to sell the country on his dream of a steel railway car, but the factory making them burned down.

Trivia

He got the idea for shredded-wheat cereal after seeing a neighbor eating boiled wheat with cream, according to legend.

Family Life

He married Susanna Melissa Crow. The couple's son Scott Henry Perky wrote a biography of his father and later invented the round shredded wheat that was bought by Quaker Oats.

Associated With

He and C.W. Post were fierce competitors.