Charles Emory Culpepper

Charles Emory Culpepper

Birth
Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
Death 3 Feb 1940 (aged 65)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Curryville, Gordon County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 16721957 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Charles Emory Culpeper, one of the pioneers in the bottling and marketing of Coca-Cola, was born in Rome, Georgia, on May 11, 1874. He died in New York City on February 2, 1940, at the age of 65. In his will Mr. Culpeper directed that a foundation be established to acquire ultimately the bulk of his fortune and apply the income and, if need be, the principal to charitable purposes.

Mr. Culpeper was raised as one of nine children on the family farm near Rome, Georgia. Although he never finished high school, he was industrious, first working as a clerk in a country store in the Rome area and later as a traveling salesman.

Some time in the mid-1890's, Mr. Culpeper went to Baltimore and then to Philadelphia where he worked at various jobs until, in 1899, he accepted a job selling Coca-Cola syrup to soda fountains in Philadelphia. In 1904 he commenced employment as a salesman for the Coca-Cola Bottling Works of Newark and of New York. In 1917 Mr. Culpeper bought the two companies with $160,000 of borrowed funds. Subsequently, with Mr. Culpeper at the helm, the New York and New Jersey companies were combined and became The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York. The company prospered under Mr. Culpeper's leadership so that at the time of his death in 1940, his stock in it comprised the bulk of his substantial fortune.

Although Mr. Culpeper became a resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1913 and lived there until his death, he never forgot his roots in Georgia. He was always deeply concerned with the betterment of humanity. In constructing the grant program of the Foundation, the Board of Trustees has been mindful of Mr. Culpeper's concerns as applied to the needs of the present day.

From Culpepper Connection website.



Sponsored by Ancestry

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Created by: Jamie Brooks
  • Added: 20 Nov 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16721957
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Emory Culpepper (11 May 1874–3 Feb 1940), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16721957, citing West Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Curryville, Gordon County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Jamie Brooks (contributor 46618298) .