Jordan Wheat Lambert 1851-1889

Posted on 26. Feb, 2012 by in Hall of Fame, People

While a student at Randolph-Macon College, Jordan Wheat Lambert showed his flair for chemistry and business that would lead to his later success in inventing Listerine and founding the pharmaceutical company that bears his name. Lambert first invented the product as a safe disinfectant for surgical procedures, and named it “Listerine” after the English physician Sir Joseph Lister who performed the first antiseptic surgery. As the president of the Franklin Literary Society, J. W. Lambert was a leader during the period when R-MC students were raising funds for Washington Franklin Hall – the first new building on the Ashland campus. Randolph-Macon’s historic campus is named for him as is the Kappa Alpha House, of which he was a member.

4 Responses to “Jordan Wheat Lambert 1851-1889”

  1. George Seitz says:

    I think Jordan Lambert was born in 1852, not 1843.

  2. Nancy says:

    Thanks for noticing this, George. We checked with Randolph-Macon College. The librarians pulled up Jordan Wheat Lambert’s matriculation record from the microfilm archives. When he filled out and signed that document, he listed his birth date as December 2, 1851. He was at the College from 1868 to 1872. We have corrected our posting.

  3. Dwight E. Lambert says:

    Would be interested to know Jordans parents,grandparents names place of birth. Especially since my Lambert relatives were also in Virginia at and before Jordan was born. Possibly related?
    Thank you,
    Dwight E. Lambert
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  4. Nancy says:

    Here is a forum message posted at that lists Jordan Wheat Lambert’s parents names. I hope this is helpful.

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