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Jack Daniel

AKA Jasper Newton Daniel

Born: 5-Sep-1846 [1]
Birthplace: Lynchburg, TN
Died: 10-Oct-1911
Location of death: Lynchburg, TN
Cause of death: Blood poisoning
Remains: Buried, Lynchburg Town Cemetery, Lynchburg, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Moonshine magnate

Jack Daniel was making and selling moonshine whisky by his early teens, and opened a legal distillery in 1875. He also operated the White Rabbit and the Red Dog, two saloons on the town square in his home town of Lynchburg, Tennessee. His famed whiskey was charcoal filtered, and the familiar square bottle was introduced in 1895. Jack Daniel's Whisky first earned international acclaim when it won the Gold Medal at the St Louis World's Fair in 1904. Until his death in 1911, Mr Daniel insisted on having at least a sip from every batch, and more if it was especially tasty. According to legend he died from an infected toe, which he injured kicking the company safe in frustration one morning after he was unable to remember the combination. He never married, and left the business to his cousin. The business is now owned by Brown-Forman.


[1] Some sources cite 1849 or 1850.

Father: Calaway Daniel (b. 1800, d. 21-Jan-1863)
Mother: Lucinda Cook Daniel (b. 1805, m. circa 1822, d. 27-Jan-1847)
Brother: Robert Daniel (farmer, b. 1824, d. 1893)
Sister: Louisa Daniel Rutledge (b. 1828, d. 1925)
Brother: James Daniel (b. 1831)
Sister: Caroline Daniel Harbour (b. 1835)
Sister: Adeline Daniel Baldwin (b. 1838)
Sister: Elizabeth Daniel Conner (b. 1839, d. 1926)
Brother: William Butler Daniel (b. 1842, d. 1931)
Brother: Lemuel Austin Daniel (b. 1844, d. 1863 Civil War)
Sister: Finetta Josephine Daniel Motlow (b. 1845, d. 1891)
Mother: Matilda Vanzant Daniel (stepmother, b. 1818, m. 1852, d. 1876)
Brother: Abraham Daniel (half-brother, b. 1853, d. 1858)
Sister: Sena Daniel Enochs (half-sister, b. 1855, d. 1876)
Sister: Belle Thada Daniels Heath (half-sister, b. 1857, d. 1902)

    Brown-Forman Founder of Jack Daniel Distillery (1875-1911)
    Welsh Ancestry
    English Ancestry
    Scottish Ancestry


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