Johnson & Johnson co-founder Edward Mead Wood Johnson (1852-1934) was born April 23, 1852 at the family’s farm in Crystal Lake, Pennsylvania. He was the brother of Johnson & Johnson co-founders Robert Wood Johnson and James Wood Johnson.
Edward Mead Johnson began his career as a schoolteacher in a rural school for a year before leaving to study law at the University of Michigan, graduating with a law degree in 1876. In 1878, at age 26, he joined his brother Robert’s partnership of Seabury & Johnson as a “traveler,” or salesman for several months before moving to the company’s advertising department. In late 1885, he and his brothers left Seabury & Johnson to start Johnson & Johnson. Along with James Wood Johnson, Edward Mead Johnson is one of the two founders represented in the Johnson & Johnson name.