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 Charles William “C.W.” Post

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Charles William “C.W.” Post

  • Birth 26 Oct 1854 Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 9 May 1914 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
  • Burial Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Section O, Lots 19 through 32
  • Memorial ID 828

Businessman, Inventor. He was a manufacturer pioneer most noted for being the developer and founder of the Post Breakfast Cereal Company. In 1872, he worked for the next fourteen years as a salesman and manufacturer of agricultural machines. For the next fourteen years, he invented and secured patents on such farm equipment as cultivators, a sulky plow, a harrow, and a haystacker. Relocating to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1886, he became associated with real-estate, acquired a 300-acre ranch on the outskirts of the city and developed it into the area now known as Riverside. In 1891, he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where he invented Grape-Nuts and Post Toasties, breakfast foods which by the turn of the century made him a multi-millionaire. He also served as president of the American Manufacturers Association and the Citizen's Industrial Association. Still remaining with a strong desire for farming, he returned to Texas, in 1906 and purchased over 225,000 acres of ranchland in Garza and Lynn Counties. There he opened the plains region to agricultural development by introducing varieties of grain sorghums such as milo and kafir. In 1907, Post City was named for him and remained being called so until after his death at age 59.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 828
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles William “C.W.” Post (26 Oct 1854–9 May 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 828, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .