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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Coca Cola

In 1866 John Stith Pemberton, a pharmacist, produced a syrup that we know today as Coke. Originally it was a coca wine called Pemberton's French Wine Coca.

There are many places to learn more about Dr. Pemberton:

From The Chronicle of Coca Cola:
The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola®, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced "excellent" and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink...
From Wikipedia:
Pemberton was born to James Clifford Pemberton (born 1803 in North Carolina) and Martha L. Gant (born 1791 in Virginia).[1] Though born in nearby Knoxville, Georgia, Pemberton, as a young child, moved with his family to the larger city of Columbus, Georgia. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia pharmacy school. His uncle, John C. Pemberton, was a Confederate lieutenant general during the U.S. Civil War...
From the New Georgia Encyclopedia:
John Stith Pemberton was the inventor of the Coca-Cola beverage. In his day Pemberton was a most respected member of the state's medical establishment, but his gift was for medical chemistry rather than regular medicine. He was a practical pharmacist and chemist of great skill, active all his life in medical reform, and a respected businessman...
Library of Congress
It was a prohibition law, enacted in Atlanta in 1886, that persuaded physician and chemist Dr. John Stith Pemberton to rename and rewrite the formula for his popular nerve tonic, stimulant and headache remedy, "Pemberton's French Wine Coca," sold at that time by most, if not all, of the city's druggists...
Google has many timeline links here:

An 1888 ad from my local Hutchinson Daily News newspaper

Dr. Pemberton is buried in my hometown of Columbus, Georiga in the historic Linwood Cemetery.

Anna Eliza Clifford Lewis

1860 Muscogee County, GA Federal Census

1865 IRS Tax Assessment List for Muscogee County, GA

There are many family trees online at Ancestry.com for the Pemberton family.

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