If your name is Crapper you probably have to become a plumber, right? That's what Thomas Crapper did when he founded Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd. in London. He did not invent the flush toilet, as he is often given credit for, but he is responsible for popularizing its use. The flush toilet was actually invented by John Harrington in 1596, but it did not catch on for centuries. When Thomas Crapper started promoting it as a more sanitary plumbing option in the late 19th century, causing many people to begin adding flush toilets to their homes. Crapper died on January 27, 1910.