Charles Josselyn

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Charles Josselyn
Born 1847
Employer Great Western Can Company
Occupation businessman

Charles Josselyn was a San Francisco businessman born in 1847. His father had built up a ship's chandlery business[1].

In 1895, Charles helped found the Great Western Can Company, which was merged into the American Can Company in 1900[2]. Josselyn took a year off to see Europe in subsequent years[3].

Josselyn was also a member of the creditor committee for Code, Elfelt, and Company when the company hit financial troubles in 1897[4].

He built his Vinegrove estate in Woodside, designed by Bernard Maybeck[5].


  1. G.M. Josselyn and Co.: The Bay of San Francisco, " Vol. 2, pages 24-25, Lewis Publishing Co, 1892.
  2. American Can Company: in The Age Of Steel (Iron and Machinery World?, March 16, 1901.
  3. Charles Josselyn returns to city: February 15, 1902 San Francisco Call
  4. Future of the Firm: Committee of Code, Elfelt, & Co's Creditors Will Report To-Morrow: August 1, 1897 San Francisco Call. Anglo-California Bank suddenly revoked the company's line of credit, leading to questions about whether the company could continue.
  5. Charles Josselyn house: Susan Cerny, An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. 400 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside.