The American Tobacco Company was founded in 1890 by J. B. Duke as a merger between a number of tobacco manufacturers including Allen and Ginter and Goodwin & Company. James Buchanan Duke ( December 23, 1856 &ndash October 10, 1925) was a U Allen and Ginter was the, Tobacco manufacturing firm formed by John Allen and Lewis Ginter in 1875 that created and marketed the first Cigarette cards Goodwin & Company was an American Tobacco manufacturer from New York City. The company was one of the original 12 members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( also called the DJIA, Dow 30, INDP, or informally the Dow Jones or The Dow) is one of several
Akin to the domination of Standard Oil in the same era, the American Tobacco Company dominated the industry by acquiring the Lucky Strike Company and over 200 other rival firms. Standard Oil was a predominant American integrated oil producing transporting refining and marketing company The company built processing plants and warehouses in Reidsville, North Carolina and Durham. Reidsville is a city located in Rockingham County, North Carolina. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County Antitrust action begun in 1907 against the American Tobacco Company, which broke the company into several major companies in 1911. Those companies include:
The American Tobacco Company, which started acquiring a wide range of non-tobacco products during the 1970s and 1980s, renamed itself to American Brands in 1986, which has since renamed Fortune Brands. R J Reynolds Tobacco Company ( RJR) based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and founded by R Liggett Group, formerly known as Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company, is the fourth largest tobacco company in the United States Lorillard Tobacco Company is the 18th oldest company in the United States and its oldest tobacco company Fortune Brands, is a Holding company founded in 1969 as American Brands and later re-named in 1997 American Tobacco became a subsidiary of American Brands for the next ten years until the company shed its tobacco brands to competitors.
The company's share in British American Tobacco (BAT) was sold at the same time. British American Tobacco Plc (, KLSE: BAT is a leading British -based Tobacco company In 1994 BAT acquired its former parent, American Tobacco Company (though reorganized after anti-trust proceedings). This brought the Lucky Strike and Pall Mall brands into BAT's portfolio as part of BAT's American arm, The Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company. Lucky Strike is a famous Brand of American Cigarettes often referred to as "Luckies" Pall Mall Cigarettes are a brand of cigarettes produced by R J Brown & Williamson was an American Tobacco company and subsidiary of the giant British American Tobacco, that produced several popular Cigarette B&W later merged with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 2004. R J Reynolds Tobacco Company ( RJR) based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and founded by R
American Tobacco left Reidsville and Durham in the late 1980s.
In 2004, the previously abandoned American Tobacco Campus (ATC) in Durham was reopened as a complex of offices, shops, and restaurants. Developed by Capitol Broadcasting and reopened as the American Tobacco Historic District; Phase 1 consisted of the Fowler, Crowe, Strickland, Reed, and Washington Buildings, and included the construction of two new parking garages and a water feature through the center of the campus developed and constructed by W. Capitol Broadcasting Company is a TV and Radio broadcast company based in Raleigh North Carolina. P. Law Inc. based in Lexington, South Carolina. Phase 2, consisting of the remaining buildings at the north end of the site, is under construction as of late 2006. Many office spaces in the ATC are now used by Duke University. Duke University is a private Research University located in Durham, North Carolina, United States.
The American Tobacco Trail, named for the company, is a multi-use rail-trail that begins just south of the Durham complex and runs 22 miles (35 km) towards Chatham and Wake counties. The American Tobacco Trail (ATT is a long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned Rail trail is a term for a Trail that makes use of a railroad right-of-way (ROW. It follows the route of a railroad that once served the factories, but was later abandoned when these facilities shut down.
In the golden age of radio, as well as early television, American was known for advertisements featuring a fast-talking tobacco auctioneer named L. A. "Speed" Riggs. His rapid-fire and song-like patter would always end with the exclamation, "SOLD, American!"