Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ernest Woodruﬀ / Robert Winship Woodruﬀ
Ernest Woodruff was born in 1863 at 1420 2nd Avenue. He first worked for his father, George Waldo Woodruff, in his Columbus Empire Flour Mills, then as President of Joel Hurtís Atlanta Streetcar Company, and as co-founder and President of the Trust Company of Georgia. In 1919, he created a syndicate to purchase Coca-Cola from the Candlers for $25 million. Although located in Atlanta, the reorganized Coca-Cola Companyís formative leaders were either Columbus natives or residents.
Son of Ernest Woodruff and Emily Winship, Robert Winship Woodruff was born in 1889 at 1414 2nd Avenue. By 1923 the new Coca-Cola Company experienced falling syrup sales and declining stock prices. According to company lore, Board Chairman W. C. Bradley hired Robert Woodruff as President by convincing the two strong-willed Woodruffs they could work together. Robert made Coke the most recognized product in the world. During World War II he took the company international and guaranteed every GI fighting overseas a nickel Coke.
Erected 2016 by the Historic Columbus Foundation and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Location. 32° 28.396′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1420 2nd Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of Robert Winship Woodruff (a few steps from this marker); High Uptown Historic District / Garrett-Bullock-Delay House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rankin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Philip Thomas Schley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haiman's Sword Factory (about 400 feet away); Bullard-Hart-Sampson House (about 400 feet away); Tyler Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Benning (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
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Also see . . . The Chronicle Of Coca-Cola: A Man Named Woodruff (Coca-Cola website). (Submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II •
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