R. J. Reynolds

Businessperson, Organization founder

1850 – 1918

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Who was R. J. Reynolds?

Richard Joshua "R. J." Reynolds was an American businessman and founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

The son of a tobacco farmer, he worked for his father and attended Emory and Henry College from 1868 to 1870, eventually graduating from Bryant and Stratton Business College in Baltimore. He sold his share of the family business in 1874 and moved south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to start his own tobacco company. Reynolds was a savvy businessman and a hard worker, and he quickly became one of the wealthiest citizens of Winston-Salem; eventually, he was the wealthiest person in the state of North Carolina. He died in 1918 of pancreatic cancer.

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Born
Jul 20, 1850
Patrick County
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Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Emory and Henry College
Lived in
  • Virginia
Died
Jul 29, 1918
Winston-Salem

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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