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Clarence Leo Best
Birth: Apr. 21, 1878
Albany
Linn County
Oregon, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1951
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Industrialist, Businessman. Co-founder of the Caterpillar Tractor Company. Born the son of tractor manufacturing pioneer Daniel Best in Albany, Oregon, he began working for his father's company, the Best Manufacturing Company, right after high school. In 1908, his father sold the company to chief rival Benjamin Holt and his Holt Manufacturing Company and Clarence, who remained with the company after the sale, was appointed manager of the company's San Leandro plant. In 1910 he left Holt to found the C.L. Best Gas Traction Company, later renamed the C.L. Best Tractor Company in 1920. In 1925, Best and Holt merged their two companies together to found the Caterpillar Tractor Company with Best being appointed Chairman of the Board, a post he held until his death in 1951.
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 Parents:
  Daniel Best (1838 - 1923)
  Meta Johanna Best (1854 - 1894)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Nelson Robinson (1907 - 1986)*
  Daniel Grey Best (1912 - 2008)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lottie V. Best Flint (1875 - 1903)*
  Clarence Leo Best (1878 - 1951)
  Meta Ethel Best Jackson (1880 - 1932)*
  Viola Elsa Best Webster (1883 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Clarence Leo Best, 1878 - 1951
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Plot: Evergreen Chapel
 
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Originally Created by: Kay Arnold
Record added: May 06, 2009
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