The Mennen Company was founded in 1878 by Gerhard H. Mennen , an immigrant from Germany. His first product was talcum – based powder , an innovation at the time. The company was originally located in Newark, New Jersey, moving to Morristown, new jersey in 1953. The Mennen family sold the company to Colgate in 1992.
Gerhard Mennen’s grandson, G. Mennen Williams, served as governor of Michigan from 1949-1961 and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961-1966.