27 Facts About Adolphus Busch


Adolphus Busch was the German-born co-founder of Anheuser-Busch with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser.

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Adolphus Busch introduced numerous innovations, building the success of the company in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Adolphus Busch became a philanthropist, using some of his wealth for education and humanitarian needs.

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Adolphus Busch was born on July 10, 1839, to Ulrich Adolphus Busch and Barbara Pfeiffer in Kastel, then a district of Mainz in the Grand Duchy of Hesse.

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In 1857, at the age of 18, Adolphus Busch emigrated with three of his older brothers to St Louis, Missouri which was a major destination for German immigrants in the nineteenth century.

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Adolphus Busch was an employee at William Hainrichshofen's wholesale company.

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Adolphus Busch partnered with Ernst Battenberg in St Louis to found the first of his businesses, a brewing supply company that sold to the three dozen breweries in the city.

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At the death of Eberhard Anheuser in 1880, Adolphus Busch became president of the business, and became wealthy due to the success of the brewery.

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Adolphus Busch's work was distinguished by his "timely adoption of important scientific and technological innovations, an expansive sales strategy geared largely toward external domestic and international population centers, and a pioneering integrated marketing plan that focused on a single core brand, Budweiser, making it the most successful nationally-distributed beer of the pre-Prohibition era.

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Adolphus Busch soon acquired breweries in Texas which allowed his operation to distribute to Mexico and California.

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Adolphus Busch was an early adopter of bottled beer and founded the Adolphus Busch Glass Company to make bottles for his product.

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Adolphus Busch bought bottling factories, ice-manufacturing plants, stave makers, timberland, coal mines, and a refrigeration company.

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The Adolphus Busch family acquired hop farms in the area near Cooperstown, New York.

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Adolphus Busch's focus on the business extended to the flavor of the beer itself.

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Adolphus Busch studied the pilsner process in Europe, which was used for brewing Budweiser.

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Adolphus Busch bought the rights to Budweiser from Conrad in October 1882 when Conrad went bankrupt.

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In 1895, Adolphus Busch joined Washington University in St Louis's Board of Directors.

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Adolphus Busch would continue to serve on the Board until his death in 1913, at which point his son, August Busch, Sr.

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Adolphus Busch served as the president of the South Side Bank and the Manufacturers Railway.

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Adolphus Busch had helped organize the latter as a short-line rail serving local industry.

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Adolphus Busch invested in new buildings and businesses in Dallas, Texas, which was growing rapidly in the early 20th century as an industrial city.

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From his early years, Adolphus Busch contributed generously to charitable and education needs.

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Adolphus Busch donated $100, 000 to San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake - $50, 000 personally and $50, 000 from his company.

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Adolphus Busch married Elise "Lilly" Eberhard Anheuser, the third daughter of Eberhard Anheuser, on March 7, 1861, at a Lutheran church in St Louis, Missouri.

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Adolphus Busch's body was brought back to the United States in 1915 by ship, and transported by train to St Louis.

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Adolphus Busch's tore down the original structure, and had the other family members reinterred outside.

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Adolphus Busch's had Thomas Barnett design a new mausoleum in the Bavarian Gothic style.

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