What Are Some Interesting Facts About Well-Known Pharmacists?


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Hubert Humphrey, a pharmacist who served as vice president, lost his first election to become the mayor of Minneapolis, according to the LBJ Presidential Library. John Stith Pemberton, a pharmacist and the inventor of Coca-Cola, was almost killed while serving in the Civil War, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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Hubert Humphrey attended the Capitol College of Pharmacy in Colorado and became a pharmacist in 1933, as the LBJ Presidential Library indicates. He had several jobs before becoming vice president under President Lyndon Johnson, including teaching at Malacaster College, managing an apartment building and acting as a news commentator on the radio. He narrowly lost the 1968 presidential election to Richard Nixon. He returned to teach at Malacaster College before representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. After Hubert Humphrey died of cancer in 1978, his wife finished his term in the Senate.

John Stith Pemberton studied pharmacy at the Reform Medical College of Georgia and received his graduate degree in pharmacy prior to the Civil War, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. He developed a product called French Wine Cola that gained popularity in the South. He eventually changed the formula and developed Coca-Cola when Atlanta passed prohibition in 1886, making the wine in his original product illegal. Mr. Pemberton's laboratories are still active as of 2015 as part of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

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