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Dr John Stith Pemberton

Dr John Stith Pemberton

Birth
Knoxville, Crawford County, Georgia, USA
Death 16 Aug 1888 (aged 57)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 5737 · View Source
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American physician and chemist from Georgia who invented the popular soft drink Coca~Cola. After attending pharmacy school, Dr. Pemberton opened up his own drug store in Columbus, Georgia. He later served as a confederate lieutenant in the Civil War. After moving to Atlanta, he begin selling his medicines. His best selling product was wine of coca which was sold as a cure for nervous disorders, disturbances of internal plumbing, and impotency. It was in 1885, in the backyard of his home on 107 Marietta St. in Atlanta, that Dr. Pemberton mixed up the syrup that would later become Coca~Cola. The name Coca~Cola came from Frank Robinson, a man he had met. He then sold the drink as a brain tonic for five cents, but it was poorly received. In 1888, sold the formula to Asa Candler for $1,750. Dr. Pemberton died in Atlanta in 1888. It was under Candler that the Coca~Cola Company was founded in 1892 and has never looked back. It was in 1894 when Coca~Cola was put in bottles and sold all over the world for the first time. None of the company's strides in marketing, international expansion, product innovation, or profit growth could have happened had it not been for Coca~Cola inventor Dr. John S. Pemberton.

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  • Added: 21 Jun 1999
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Stith Pemberton (8 Jul 1831–16 Aug 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5737, citing Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .