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Clarence Leo Best

  • Birth 21 Apr 1878 Albany, Linn County, Oregon, USA
  • Death 22 Sep 1951 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
  • Plot Evergreen Chapel
  • Memorial ID 36813891

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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  • Originally Created by: Kay Arnold
  • Added: 6 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36813891
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence Leo Best (21 Apr 1878–22 Sep 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36813891, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .