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James W. McLamore

AKA James Whitman McLamore

Born: 30-May-1926
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 8-Aug-1996 [1]
Location of death: Coral Gables, FL
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder of Burger King

Military service: US Navy (1944-46)

James W. McLemore was born to wealth, but his father lost the family fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 and became a turkey farmer. His mother was committed to a mental hospital shortly thereafter, and he never saw her again, as children were not allowed to visit. As a young man McLamore worked as a restaurant manager and then owner, and in 1954 he became Dave Edgerton's business partner in the first Burger King, originally called Insta Burger King. Three years later McLamore proposed adding a "Whopper" to the menu, basing the recipe on a terrific burger he bought from a competitor's burger stand. Edgerton and McLemore sold the company to Pillsbury in 1967, with McLemore remaining as President. He oversaw the introduction of the first version of the company's iconic "Burger King" advertising character in 1970.


[1] "Burger King Chief, Civic Patron James W. McLamore Dies at 70", The Miami Herald, 9 August 1996: "died Thursday."

Father: Thomas Milton McLamore (turkey farmer, b. 5-Jul-1889, d. 1947)
Mother: Marian Floyd Whitman (committed to mental institute, d. 1933)
Sister: Claire McLamore (b. 1924)
Brother: David Milton McLamore (b. 1928)
Wife: Nancy Nichol McLamore (dated 1945-47, m. 27-Apr-1947, one son, three daughters)

    High School: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA
    University: BS Hotel Administration, Cornell University (1947)

    Burger King Chairman (1970-76)
    Burger King Founder & President (1954-70)
    Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Author of books:
The Burger King: Jim McLamore and the Building of an Empire (1998)


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