Benjamin Newton Duke

Benjamin Newton Duke

Born Apr 25, 1855

Benjamin Newton Duke was a U.S. tobacco, textile, energy industrialist and philanthropist.

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1855 Birth Born on April 25, 1855.


1875 20 Years Old On February 21, 1875, Benjamin Duke married Sarah Pearson Angier, with whom he had a daughter, Mary Lillian Duke, and a son, Angier Buchanan Duke.


1890 35 Years Old He entered his father's tobacco business and in 1890, became vice-president of the American Tobacco Company.
1892 37 Years Old In 1892, the Duke family opened their first textile business in Durham, North Carolina with Benjamin Duke at its head.


1905 50 Years Old In 1905, he and his brother James founded the Southern Power Company, which later became known as Duke Energy. … Read More


1926 71 Years Old Between 1926 and 1929 he donated approximately $3,000,000 (more than $30,000,000 in 2005 dollars) to twenty-seven different southern institutions of higher learning. … Read More
1929 74 Years Old Following his death at his home in New York City in 1929, Benjamin Duke's remains were brought back to North Carolina for interment with his father and brother James in Memorial Chapel in the Duke University Chapel on the campus of Duke University.
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