Candler thought the concoction’s future was a soft drink rather than a medicine, and he founded the Coca-Cola Company to manufacture and advertise it across the country.
Candler made Coke a household brand and Coke made him a millionaire. He eventually sold the company for $25 million. Candler turned to real estate and developed the Druid Hills neighborhood outside Atlanta and built the Candler Building downtown to house his Central Bank and Trust Company.
A devout Methodist, Candler donated $1 million and 75 acres of land in 1914 to help establish Emory University in atlanta. His gifts to Emory eventually totaled more than $8 million.
Candler also served as mayor of Atlanta and pulled the city out of financial trouble.
The man who turned a patent medicine into an icon of American culture was born on December 30, 1851, Today in Georgia History.
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Callan Castle, the Candler home in Inman Park, is still standing as a private home.