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Eli Lilly

Born: 8-Jul-1838
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
Died: 6-Jun-1898
Location of death: Indianapolis, IN
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Remains: Buried, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Chemist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Eli Lilly & Co.

Military service: 18th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery (Civil War, to Colonel)

Eli Lilly apprenticed as a chemist and opened his first pharmacy in Indianapolis in 1860. During the American Civil War he fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, 19-20 September 1863, and he was later captured and imprisoned in Alabama. After the war he worked as a druggist and medicine maker, and in 1876 he began manufacturing medicines in Indianapolis, in a small shop with a sign that read simply, "Eli Lilly, chemist." He was an early adapter of the new process of gelatin-coating to make pills easier to swallow, and distinguished his business in its early years as a manufacturer of only "ethical drugs", including prescription medicines and herbal preparations, eschewing popular patent medicines of the time.

Father: Gustavus Lilly
Mother: Esther Lilly
Brother: James Lilly (Lilly executive)
Wife: Emily Lemon Lilly (b. 1844, m. 1861, d. 1866 malaria)
Son: Joseph Lilly (Lilly executive, b. 1861, d. 1948)

    University: Asbury College (attended)

    Commercial Club of Indianapolis
    Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
    Eli Lilly Founder & President (1876-98)
    Taken Prisoner of War 1864-65
    English Ancestry
    Swedish Ancestry


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