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Will Keith Kellogg
W.K. Kellogg with Antez (1929).PNG
W.K. Kellogg with Antez (1929)
Will Keith Kellogg

April 7, 1860(1860-04-07)
DiedOctober 6, 1951(1951-10-06) (aged 91)
Cause of deathHeart failure
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.[1]
EducationParson’s Business College
Home townBattle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse(s)Ella Davis (1858–1912), m. 1880
Carrie Staines Kellogg (1867–1948) m. 1918
ChildrenKarl Hugh Kellogg (1881–1955), John Leonard Kellogg (1880–1950), Will Keith Kellogg II (1885–1889), Elizabeth Ann Kellogg (1888–1966), Irvin Hadley Kellogg (1894–1895)
Parent(s)John Preston Kellogg (1807–1881) and Ann Janette Stanley Kellogg (1824–1893)
RelativesJohn Harvey Kellogg – brother

Will Keith "W.K." Kellogg (April 7, 1860 – October 6, 1951) was an American industrialist in food manufacturing, best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company. His brother was John Harvey Kellogg.

Kellogg was born on April 7, 1860 in Battle Creek, Michigan.[2] He was married to Ella Osborn Davis from 1880 until her death in 1912. They had five children. Then he was married to Carrie Staines from 1918 until her death in 1948. Kellogg died on October 6, 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan from heart failure, aged 91.[3]


  1. Will Keith Kellogg at Find a Grave
  2. Kellogg, Will Keith — Overview, Personal life, Chronology: Will Keith Kellogg, Career details, Social and economic impact Online 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. W.K. Kellogg, 91, Dead in Michigan. Breakfast Food Manufacturer Set Up Multi-Million Dollar Welfare Foundation in '30. Associated Press in New York Times. October 7, 1951, Sunday. "Will Keith Kellogg, founder of the breakfast cereal company that bears his name, died here today in Leila Hospital. The pioneer cereal manufacturer, known to millions by his breakfast food trade mark initials — W.K. — succumbed at the age of 91 after a long circulatory illness.". 

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