1. Eli Lilly was an American soldier, pharmacist, chemist, and businessman who founded the Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical corporation.
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2. Eli Lilly enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War and recruited a company of men to serve with him in the 18th Independent Battery Indiana Light Artillery.
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7. In 1854, while on a trip to visit his aunt and uncle in Lafayette, Indiana, the sixteen-year-old Eli Lilly visited Henry Lawrence's Good Samaritan Drug Store, a local apothecary shop, where he watched Lawrence prepare pharmaceutical drugs.
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13. Eli Lilly joined the 9th Indiana Cavalry and was promoted to major.
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16. Eli Lilly traveled to Greencastle, Indiana, and returned with his wife, Emily, his sister, Anna Wesley Eli Lilly, and son, Josiah.
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27. In 1879, with a group of twenty-five other businessmen, Eli Lilly began sponsoring the Charity Organization Society and soon became the primary patron of its Indiana chapter.
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28. Eli Lilly was especially interested in encouraging economic growth and general development in Indianapolis.
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30. Eli Lilly developed cancer in 1897 and died in his Indianapolis home on June 6, 1898.
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31. Eli Lilly's remains are interred in a large mausoleum at Indianapolis's Crown Hill Cemetery.
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