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Arthur Perdue

AKA Arthur W. Perdue

Born: c. 1886
Died: 27-Jun-1977
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Jerusalem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Parsonsburg, MD

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Perdue Farms

Arthur Perdue was a former railroad agent who entered the chicken business in 1920, spending about $5 to buy 23 Leghorn pullets which he kept in the backyard of his home in Salisbury, MD. For several years Perdue only sold the eggs, but in 1925 he built a hatchery and began selling the chickens, not for meat but as egg producers for other farmers. In the early 1930s Perdue bought additional hatcheries, and in the 1940s the firm switched its emphasis to broiler chickens, after an outbreak of leukosis (a poultry disease) killed virtually all of its leghorns. The company began contracting with chicken farmers in the mid-1930s, entered the chicken feed business in the early 1950s, and went into poultry processing in 1967. Arthur Perdue was active in management of the business until his death in 1977. More of a manufacturer than a farm, Perdue Farms presently processes about 50,000,000 chickens and 4,000,000 turkeys every week.

Father: Levin Perdue
Mother: Martha Adkins Perdue
Wife: Pearl Parsons Perdue
Son: Frank Perdue (Perdue Farms executive)

    Perdue Farms Founder & President (1920-52)
    Member of the Board of Perdue Farms Chair (1925-77)

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