Candler, Asa

Candler, Asa (Griggs)

(1851–1929) manufacturer; born in Carroll County, Ga. He left the family farm to become a doctor in Atlanta, but switched to pharmacy in 1873. In 1887 he bought sole rights to John S. Pemberton's original formula for Coca-Cola and formed the Coca-Cola Company (1890). Marketing and manufacturing the soft drink until 1919, he sold the company after a long federal suit over Coca-Cola's healthfulness. He had meanwhile invested heavily in real estate, and as a public-spirited citizen he now served as Mayor of Atlanta. He also became a major donor to many causes and institutions; his gifts to Atlanta's Emory University included funding of a teaching hospital for its medical school.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.