<p>Joseph C. Gayetty was an American inventor credited with the invention of commercial toilet paper. Gayetty first marketed toilet paper in 1857 which originally sold for US$0.50 in packs of 500 bearing a watermark of his name. The original product contained aloe as a lubricant and was marketed as an anti-hemorrhoid medical product. Gayetty's product was licensed to other manufacturers and sold as late as the 1920s.
US Census records from 1860 show Joseph C. Gayetty lived in New York City with his family. His birthplace in the census records is listed as Massachusetts.</p>