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W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola

 
 
W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
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.
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Side 2
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[Depiction of a meeting of the Coca-Cola board in the late 1930s]

[Photo Caption]
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
Board meeting photo (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
2. Board meeting photo (Side 2)
(Non-Director); William C. Bradley, Chairman, Columbus, Georgia; (Absent: Charles Hayden, New York City)

 
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); Columbus Steamboat Wharf (about 700 feet away); Garrett and Sons / Cargill-Wright Company (about 700 feet away); Lummus Cotton Gins (approx. 0.2 miles 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
W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola Marker near Bradley Building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
3. W. C. Bradley and Coca-Cola Marker near Bradley Building.
loans from them when the young company needed capital. The most legendary sales of Coke stock were made by banker Pat Monroe in Quincy, Florida. Monroe and Bradley were friends, both having served on the board of the Eagle & Phenix Mills in Columbus. Bradley thoroughly convinced Monroe of the value of the Coca-Cola Company. Monroe strongly suggested to every loan customer in his bank to buy Coke stock, and even loaned them the money to make the purchase. These Floridians held on to their Coke stock through all of its splits, and today Quincy is one of the wealthiest towns per capita in the nation. In a 1976 interview with D. Abbot Turner, Bradley’s son-in-law, he was asked to comment on Bradley’s skill as a business man. Turner simply said, “Coca-Cola.” Even when the question was rephrased, the answer was always the same, “Coca-Cola.” The Historic Chattahoochee Commission
 
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 & CommerceNotable Persons
 
Wide shot of W.C. Bradley Building (1885) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
4. Wide shot of W.C. Bradley Building (1885)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 136 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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