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Asa Griggs Candler

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**Family and Personal Life:**
– Asa Griggs Candler was born on December 30, 1851, in Villa Rica, Georgia, to Martha and Samuel Charles Candler.
– His father, Samuel, was a prominent merchant and property owner who served in the South Carolina legislature and fought in the Creek War of 1836.
– Asa had several children, including Charles Howard Candler, Asa G. Candler Jr., Lucy, Walter T. Candler, and William Candler.

**Career and Achievements:**
– Candler purchased the Coca-Cola recipe in 1888, founded The Coca-Cola Company in 1892, and trademarked the brand in 1893.
– He expanded Coca-Cola’s distribution nationally in 1895 and internationally in 1899.
– Candler removed cocaine from the drink in 1903 and introduced the iconic Coca-Cola bottle in 1915.
– In 1919, he gave most of the company’s stock to his children.

**Public Service and Philanthropy:**
– Candler completed the Candler Building in Atlanta in 1906 and was elected mayor of Atlanta in 1916.
– He balanced the city budget, led rebuilding efforts after the Great Atlanta fire of 1917, and supported schools and universities, including donating $7 million to Emory University.
– Candler made personal loans for developing water and sewage facilities in Atlanta.

**Legacy and Contributions:**
– Candler’s legacy includes the Candler Field Museum in Williamson, Georgia, and Candler Park in Atlanta.
– Several Candler buildings were constructed as part of Coca-Cola’s expansion in the early 20th century.
– Callan Castle, the Candler home in Inman Park, remains a private residence.

**Significant Buildings and Figures:**
– The Candler Building in Baltimore Harbor served as the regional headquarters for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and later as the national headquarters of the Social Security Administration.
– The Western Auto Building in Kansas City, originally constructed for Coca-Cola, has historical significance and was converted into loft condominiums.
– The Candler Building in New York City, an iconic structure representing the Coca-Cola Company’s history, is a significant landmark in the city’s skyline.
– Samuel Candler Dobbs, Asa Candler’s cousin, played a key role in The Coca-Cola Company’s growth as its president and chairman, contributing significantly to the company’s success.

Asa Griggs Candler (Wikipedia)

Asa Griggs Candler Sr. (December 30, 1851 – March 12, 1929) was an American business tycoon and politician who in 1888 purchased the Coca-Cola recipe for $238.98 from chemist John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. Candler founded The Coca-Cola Company in 1892 and developed it as a major company.

Asa Griggs Candler
41st Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
In office
Preceded byJames G. Woodward
Succeeded byJames Lee Key
Personal details
Asa Griggs Candler Sr.

(1851-12-30)December 30, 1851
Villa Rica, Georgia, U.S.
DiedMarch 12, 1929(1929-03-12) (aged 77)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Resting placeWestview Cemetery
Lucy Elizabeth Howard
(m. 1878; died 1919)
Children5, including Asa G. Candler Jr.
Known forFounder of the Coca-Cola Company and philanthropist

Prominent among civic leaders of Atlanta, Candler was elected and served as the 41st mayor of the city, from 1916 to 1919. Candler Field, the site of the present-day Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was named after him, as is Candler Park in Atlanta. As head of Coca-Cola, he built the Candler Building in Atlanta, as well as one in Kansas City (which became known as the Western Auto Building), a Candler Building in New York City, and one in what is now known as the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland.

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