Over the last one hundred and thirty years the Coca-Cola Company has grown into one of the world’slargest companies. The first Chief Executive of the company Dr. John Pemberton was looking for a quick cure for his headache when he concocted the Coca Cola formula in May 1886. Dr. John Pemberton UNTIL 1905, the soft drink, marketed as a tonic, contained extracts of cocaine as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut. Pharmacist, John Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia.
He graduated from Southern Botanico Medical College of Georgia in 1850 and briefly practiced as a traditional steam doctor, who used steam baths, herbs, and other products to restore the body to proper health. Pemberton later obtained a degree in pharmacy from a school in Philadelphia. In 1855, Pemberton moved to Columbus, Georgia, where he practiced primarily as a druggist for fourteen years. In May 1862, Pemberton enlisted as a first lieutenant in the Confederate Army where organized Pemberton’s Calvary to guard the town.
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