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Adolphus Busch

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Adolphus Busch was born on July 10, 1839 and died on October 10, 1913. He co-founded, with his father-in-law Eberhard Anheuser, the company Anheuser-Busch. Adolphus was one of 22 children, and was born in Kastel, Germany. His father worked in the brewing supply and the wine business. He attended the Collegiate Institute of Belgium located in Brussels.

He moved to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1857. While there, he met Lily Anheuser, whom he married in 1861. Her father Eberhard Anheuser was all ready operating a small brewery. After serving in the Civil War, Adolphus inherited money from his father who had recently passed away. Adolphus used this inheritance to fund a brewer’s supply store. Then he bought into the Anheuser owned brewery, Bavarian brewery.

The industry was first known as Anheuser and Company, but when Eberhard died in 1880, Adolphus re-named the company Anheuser Busch Company. In 1891, he acquired the trademark and company known as Budweiser. He then built a series of ice-ale houses that were located near railroad stops. He was also one of the first to implement bottled beer.

Adolphus Busch died at his second home, in Lindschied, Germany in 1913. He is buried in Saint Louis, Missouri.

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Anheuser-Busch (Co-founder)

Lessons Learned

The best lessons anyone starting in business can use is that you should work hard and be loyal to your employer. It is hard to find good workers, so a boss will notice someone who works hard and is loyal to the company.

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…there’s my friend, Prince Busch!

William Howard Taft

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The best advice I can give a young man just starting in business life is to work faithfully and loyally and with untiring energy for his employer—to give his employer double what he is paid for.

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For every man of responsible position there must be ready another to succeed him...

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Good men are scarce. Good captains are still scarcer.

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