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A Brief History of Camden County

By Gail Greenberg 

In 1869 Joseph Campbell and Abram Anderson founded a preserving company that eventually became known as The Campbell Soup Company. The company flourished in the city of Camden during the next century. Although the company relocated its processing facilities, the corporate headquarters is still located in the city.


In 1869, Ulysses S. Grant was sworn into the Presidency and the last stake was driven into the transcontinental railroad. That same year, two men — a fruit merchant named Joseph Campbell and an icebox manufacturer named Abraham Anderson — shook hands in Camden, New Jersey, to form a business that would one day become one of the most recognized in the world and serve as a symbol of Americana: Campbell Soup Company. Originally called the Joseph A. Campbell Preserve Company, the business produced canned tomatoes, vegetables, jellies, soups, condiments, and minced meats. In 1897, a major milestone occurred when Arthur Dorrance, the general manager of the company, reluctantly hired his 24-year-old nephew to join the company. Dr. John T. Dorrance, a chemist who had trained in Europe, was so determined to join Campbell that he agreed to pay for laboratory equipment out of his own pocket and accept a token salary of just $7.50 per week.



Joseph Campbell, a fruit merchant, and Abraham Anderson, a tin ice box manufacturer, form a partnership to can tomatoes, vegetables, jellies, condiments, and minced meats in Camden, New Jersey. Initially, each can is made by hand, one at a time. The firm is best known for its giant beefsteak tomatoes, each large enough, it is advertised, to fill a single can.

The company is awarded a medal for quality at the Centennial Exposition. The two partners disagree about the future of the successful company, with Campbell promoting rapid expansion and Anderson opting for slow and gradual growth. Though the two remain friends, they decide to dissolve the partnership and Campbell purchases Anderson’s share of the company. Arthur Dorrance (a wealthy timber and flour merchant) and Joseph Campbell form a new company, Joseph Campbell & Company.

1870 Camden Census
Anderson, Abraham age 35 fruit canner
Anderson, Martha age 30
Anderson, Harry age 11
Anderson, Ella age 9
Anderson, Robert age 3
Golsy, Rebecca age 77
Goldy, Leander age 28

Camden, New Jersy Directories 1887-1891
Leander W Goldy Vice president of Anderson Preserving Co, located front corner Arch in Camden, NJ. resides, 309 penn, Camden NJ 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891

Household: 1880

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation F
Abraham ANDERSON,  Self W Male W 45 NJ Canned Goods
Harry ANDERSON,  Son S Male W 22 NJ Plumber & Gas Fitter
Ella ANDERSON,  Dau S Female W 20 NJ Keeps House
Robert ANDERSON,  Son Male W 14 NJ At School
Voorhees ANDERSON, Son S Male W 9

Name: Abraham Anderson
Location 2: 232 Cooper
Occupation: president Anderson Preserving Co, located front corner Arch in Camden, NJ
Year: 1887, 1888 , 1889, 1890, 1891
City: Camden
State: NJ