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Abe Plough
Birth: 1891
Tupelo
Lee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1984
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

It all began with a 16-year-old's dream. In 1908, young Abe Plough borrowed $125 from his father, purchased a horse and wagon, and created Plough, Inc., selling homemade remedies to small-town folks and farmers around Memphis, Tennessee. His plan worked, and his long career was launched with a long stream of product innovations that led him to help build the company presently known as Schering-Plough Corporation, a research-based pharmaceutical and consumer product manufacturer, with such well-known products as St. Joseph children's aspirin, Dr. Scholl's foot powder, and Maybelline cosmetics.

Throughout Mr. Plough's long career, he was known for his generosity, contributing millions to local and national organizations. He is fondly known to some as "Mr. Anonymous" because of the many anonymous gifts he gave during his lifetime. In 1960, he founded the Plough Foundation, whose focus is to provide aid to charitable organizations that benefit the greatest number of people in the City of Memphis and Shelby County. One of the city's major private philanthropies, the Foundation has supported programs for education, children, and families for many years. Although Mr. Plough died in 1984, he continues to achieve what he truly believed was success -- giving to the greatest number of people.

Mr. Plough's efforts have not gone unrecognized. Among the numerous honors and awards given to Mr. Plough were the Human Relations Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Dean's Award for contributions to the field of pharmacy from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Plough was also the first individual to ever receive an award from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for his pioneering efforts to assure safe products for children.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Moses Plough (1861 - 1926)
  Julia Plough (1861 - 1939)
 
Burial:
Temple Israel Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 19, 2009
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