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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ernest Woodruff / Robert Winship Woodruff

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. Ernest Woodruff Marker
Inscription.
Ernest 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.

Robert Winship Woodruff

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′ 
Robert Winship Woodruff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
2. Robert Winship Woodruff Marker
N, 84° 59.414′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue (Georgia Route 85) north of 14th Street, on the right when traveling north. 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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
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 & CommerceNotable PersonsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World II
 
Ernest Woodruff and Robert Winship Woodruff image. Click for full size.
the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
3. Ernest Woodruff and Robert Winship Woodruff
Photo's on marker.
Home of Ernest Woodruff at 1420 2nd Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
4. Home of Ernest Woodruff at 1420 2nd Avenue.
Home of Robert Winship Woodruff at 1414 2nd Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
5. Home of Robert Winship Woodruff at 1414 2nd Avenue.
Next door to home of Ernest Woodruff.
 
 
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 174 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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