Samuel Candler Dobbs

Samuel Candler Dobbs (November 8, 1868 – October 31, 1950) was president (1919-1920) and chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, from 1919 to 1922.

Early life and education

Dobbs was born in 1868 in Georgia. He was the son of Harris Henry Dobbs, and nephew of Asa Griggs Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company.


Dobbs began his career as an Atlanta-based Coca-Cola salesman, during which he persuaded Joe Biedenharn of the Biedenharn Candy Company to set up a Coca-Cola dispenser in this store and order the beverage on a regular basis, thereby fueling sales and recognition of the Coca-Cola name. Dobbs later became the company\'s sales manager and president.

In 1909, Dobbs became president of the Associated Advertising Clubs of America, now the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and began to make speeches on the subject.

Philanthropy and legacy

In January 1939, Dobbs made a $1,000,000 unrestricted gift to the Emory University. Several endowed chairs are named after him. Additionally, Dobbs was a member and president of the Board of Trustees at Reinhardt University, donating thousands of dollars, most notably to build an academic building in 1926, which is named in his honor.


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