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Adolph Coors

AKA Adolph Herman Joseph Kohrs

Born: 4-Feb-1847
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany
Died: 5-Jun-1929
Location of death: Virginia City, VA
Cause of death: Suicide
Remains: Buried, Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, CO

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Coors Brewery

Adolph Coors was born in Prussia (now Germany), and apprenticed for three years in his teens at a local brewery. Both of his parents died while he was young, and in 1868 he sailed for America. Virtually penniless and speaking little English when he arrived, he was able to support himself as a manual laborer. He came to Colorado in 1873 and briefly worked in the beer business in Denver, before settling in the town of Golden. There he became enamored with the area's now-famous Rocky Mountain spring water, and converted an abandoned leather tannery into the first Coors brewery.

Colorado enacted prohibition in 1916, and the federal government followed suit in 1920. This left Coors unable to sell his beloved beer, so instead his company marketed a de-alcoholized "near beer" called Mannah, as well as cement, malted milk, and porcelain. On 5 June 1929, while staying at the luxurious Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Coors jumped to his death from a sixth-floor window. Prohibition was repealed four and a half years after his death.

Father: Joseph Kohrs (b. circa 1820, d. 24-Nov-1862)
Mother: Helena Hein Kohrs (b. circa 1820, d. 2-Apr-1862)
Brother: William Coors (Coors brewery executive, d. 1923)
Wife: Louisa Weber Coors (m. 12-Apr-1879, three sons, three daughters)
Daughter: Louise Coors Kugeler ("Lulu", b. 2-Mar-1880)
Daughter: Augusta Coors Collbran (b. 1881)
Son: Grover Coors (Coors brewery executive, b. 1888)
Son: Adolph Coors Jr. (Coors CEO, b. 12-Jan-1884)
Daughter: Bertha Coors Munroe (safari hunter, b. 24-Jun-1886)
Son: Herman Frederick Coors (Coors brewery executive, b. 24-Jul-1890)

    High School: Dortmund Gymnasium, Dortmund, Germany

    Coors Founder & CEO (1873-1929)


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