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George Washington Duke
Birth: Dec. 18, 1820
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 8, 1905
Durham County
North Carolina, USA

Washington Duke (1820-1905) aka George Washington Duke I, was a manufacturer. (b. December 18, 1820; Durham County, North Carolina, USA - d. May 08, 1905; Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA)

Washington was born in 1820 to Taylor Duke (c1770-1830) and Dicey Jones (c1780-?).

He was born on December 18, 1820 in Durham County, North Carolina.

First marriage:
He married Mary Caroline Clinton (1825-1847) on August 09, 1842. Mary died of typhoid fever in 1847.

Sidney Taylor Duke (1844-1858) and Brodie Leonidas Duke

Second marriage:
After her death he married Artelia Romey (1829-1858) on December 9, 1852. Artelia died of typhoid fever in 1858.

With Artelia he had three children: Mary Elizabeth Duke (1853-1893) who married Robert E. Lyon; Benjamin Newton Duke (1855-1929) who married Sarah Pearson Angier on February 21, 1877; and James Taylor Duke (1856-1925) who married Lillian McCreedy and later married Nanaline Holt (1869-1961) on July 23, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York.

Civil War:
Washington served in the Confederate Navy from 1863 to 1865, in the American Civil War.

After the war he grew tobacco and started a manufacturing business which consisted of hand processing tobacco to make it into a form that could be sold by the bag for people to smoke in pipes or to hand roll their own cigarettes. The family would travel throughout the United States to market their products then return to their farm. By 1880, James B. Duke turned the firm of W. Duke Sons & Co. into a manufacturer and marketer of pre-rolled cigarettes.

Durham, North Carolina:
In the 1880 US Census the Dukes are residing in Durham, North Carolina and Washington is living with his son James and two sister-in-laws: Bettie Romey (1830-?) and Annie Romey (1846-?). Also in the household are Jennie Procter (1862-?) as "house assistant" and two servants: Louisa Sparkman (1867-?); and Laura Hopkins (1869-?).

American Tobacco:
After a "tobacco war" among the five large manufacturers, James Duke emerged as president of the dominant American Tobacco company, which became a multinational corporation and a monopoly.

He was the grandfather of Doris Duke (1912-1993).

Family links: 
  Mary Caroline Clinton Duke (1825 - 1847)
  Artelia Roney Duke (1829 - 1858)
  Brodie Leonidas Duke (1846 - 1919)*
  Mary Elizabeth Duke Lyon (1853 - 1893)*
  Benjamin Newton Duke (1855 - 1929)*
  James Buchanan Duke (1856 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Duke University Chapel
Durham County
North Carolina, USA
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