1959 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Perseverance is the key to success."
Alfred Fuller was a farm boy of 18 from Nova Scotia when he came to the United States to live with a sister in the Boston suburbs. The eleventh of 12 children in a poor but industrious family, Fuller had no high school education and no business experience. He worked for a man selling brushes door-to-door, but had little success with the inferior product he was selling. In 1906, at the age of 21, he saved $375 to buy the equipment he would need to make his own line of brushes. He worked at night and sold his products door to door during the day. Three years later, he began to hire a sales force. Soon, the Fuller Brush man became a welcome caller at doorways everywhere in America. By 1919, it was a $1 million business and by 1960 it had grown to $109 million. Today, this cultural icon is still going strong 100 years after its founding.* Deceased