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John W. Tyson

AKA John William Tyson

Born: 26-Jul-1905
Birthplace: Mound City, MO
Died: 15-Jan-1967
Location of death: Springdale, AR
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile [1]
Remains: Buried, Bluff Cemetery, Springdale, AR

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Tyson Foods

According to company lore, truck driver John W. Tyson ran out of gas in Springdale, Arkansas, and decided to settle there. He hauled hay, fruit, and chickens for several years, and when he was unable to get enough freight work in Arkansas he spent his life savings to buy a truckload of chickens and drove them to Chicago, where they sold for a higher price. He repeated this procedure several times, then bought several more trucks, and became a leading supplier of chickens in several major cities across the Midwest. In 1935, when he was unable to purchase enough chickens to supply his route, he began raising his own chickens and milling feed. Tyson Feed & Hatchery opened its first processing plant in 1957, and went public as Tyson's Foods in 1963. Tyson and his wife were killed in 1967, when their car was broadsided by a speeding train. At the company's headquarters a replica of its founder's office is maintained, with a clock on the wall stopped at the moment of his death. The business, known as Tyson Foods since 1971, is now the world's largest beef processing firm, America's second largest chicken supplier, and a leader in pork production.

[1] Train-car accident.

Father: Isaac Tyson, Jr.
Mother: Anna Elizabeth
Wife: Helen Knoll Tyson (b. 8-Oct-1915, m. 1940, d. 15-Jan-1967)
Donald Tyson (Tyson executive, b. 1930)
Son: Randal Tyson (Tyson executive)

    Tyson Foods Founder (1935)
    Tyson Foods President (1947-67)

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