Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola
W. C. Bradley was a Columbus cotton merchant, industrialist, banker, and one of the city’s leading entrepreneurs. He also helped form a business syndicate with Ernest Woodruff to purchase Coca-Cola from the Candlers in 1919. This group organized a new Coca-Cola Corporation and issued its first public stock. Bradley bought a large number of shares but also sold shares to local and out-of-state friends and fellow bankers. Bradley became Chairman of the Coca-Cola Board in 1919 and served for twenty-seven years.
Clockwise from bottom left: Robert W. Woodruff, President; Arthur A. Acklin, Vice-President (Non-Director); Charles A. Wickersham, Atlanta; D. Abbott Turner, Columbus; Winship Nunally, Atlanta; J. Bulow Campbell, Atlanta; Thomas K. Glenn, Atlanta; Walter C. Teagle, New York City; John P. Iliges, Columbus; Lindsey Hopkins, Atlanta; Samuel C. Dobbs, Atlanta; Eugene W. Stetson, New York City; William C. D'arcy, St. Louis; Charles H. Candler, Atlanta; Ernest Woodruff, Atlanta; Harold Hirsch, Atlanta; S.F. Boykin, Secretary And Treasurer
Erected 2015 by Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Location. 32° 27.896′ N, 84° 59.69′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Avenue and West 10th Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1017 Front Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Kinfolks' Corner" (within shouting distance of this marker); Nehi and Royal Crown Cola (within shouting distance of this marker); Pemberton’s Drugstores, 1857-69 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fit for Man and Beast (about 600 feet away); Columbus Symphony Orchestra (about 600 feet away); Military Service Walk (about 600 feet away); Columbus Steamboat Wharf (about 700 feet away); Garrett and Sons / Cargill-Wright Company (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Regarding W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola. W.C. Bradley was crucial in selling stock to New York City bankers and in later securing loans
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on W.C. Bradley. (Submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. History of the W.C. Bradley Company. (Company website). (Submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons •
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