Ernest Woodruff / Robert Winship Woodruff Historical

Ernest Woodruff / Robert Winship Woodruff Historical (HM1WSH)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 28.396', W 84° 59.414'

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Ernest Woodruff

Ernest Woodruff was born in 1863 at 1420 2nd Avenue. He first worked for his father, George Waldo Woodruff, in his Columbus Empire Flour Mills, then as President of Joel Hurt's Atlanta Streetcar Company, and as co-founder and President of the Trust Company of Georgia. In 1919, he created a syndicate to purchase Coca-Cola from the Candlers for $25 million. Although located in Atlanta, the reorganized Coca-Cola Company's formative leaders were either Columbus natives or residents.

Robert Winship Woodruff

Son of Ernest Woodruff and Emily Winship, Robert Winship Woodruff was born in 1889 at 1414 2nd Avenue. By 1923 the new Coca-Cola Company experienced falling syrup sales and declining stock prices. According to company lore, Board Chairman W. C. Bradley hired Robert Woodruff as President by convincing the two strong-willed Woodruffs they could work together. Robert made Coke the most recognized product in the world. During World War II he took the company international and guaranteed every GI fighting overseas a nickel Coke.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Historic Columbus Foundation and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 5th, 2017 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 688868 N 3594674
Decimal Degrees32.47326667, -84.99023333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 28.396', W 84° 59.414'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 28' 23.76" N, 84° 59' 24.84" W
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Area Code(s)706
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1420 2nd Ave, Columbus GA 31901, US
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