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Jacob Best

  • Birth 1 May 1786 Darmstadt, Darmstädter Stadtkreis, Hessen, Germany
  • Death 26 Jan 1861 Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Plot Section 8, Block 9, Lots 13 and 14
  • Memorial ID 8857387

Business Magnate. Jacob Best learned the brewer's trade in his hometown of Hesse Darnstadt, Germany, and then moved on to operate a small brewery in Mattenheim. In 1840, two of Best's four sons immigrated to America, settling in the Kilbourntown section of Milwaukee. They were joined by Jacob Best, his two younger sons and other family members in 1844. With his sons, Jacob Best opened the Emipre Brewery producing lager beer, wiskey and vinegar. As demand increased of light lager beer, the firm changed its name to Best & Company. Retiring in 1853, Jacob Best tranferred ownership to Lorenz and Phillip. After 1860, Phillip assumed sole control of the brewery which became the Pabst Brewing Company. While retired, Jacob Best held local political offices, first as a ward assessor and the school commissioner. He remained active until his death.

Bio by: Charles Haig


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  • Originally Created by: Charles Haig
  • Added: 31 May 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8857387
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Best (1 May 1786–26 Jan 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8857387, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .