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Jack Daniel
Jasper Newton Daniel

September 5, 1850
Died October 10, 1911(1911-10-10) (aged 62)
Lynchburg, Tennessee,
United States
Occupation Distiller/Businessman
Years active 1862–1911
Known for Jack Daniel's

Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel (September 5, 1850October 10, 1911), was an American Distiller and the founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery.


The grandfather of whiskey distiller Jack Daniel was among the first of those who sailed from the tiny harbor in Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales to the New World in the United States in approximately 1807.

He may have become a licensed distiller at the age of 16, as the distillery claims a founding date of 1866. Since Jack Daniel never married and did not have any children, he took his favorite nephew, Lem Motlow, under his wing. Motlow had a head for numbers and was soon doing all the distillery's bookkeeping. In 1907, due to failing health, Jack Daniel gave the distillery to his nephew. Jack later died from blood poisoning at Lynchburg in 1911.

The infection allegedly set up originally in a toe, which Daniel injured in kicking his safe in anger when he couldn't get it open early one morning at work, he had always had trouble remembering the combination. This incident was the subject of a marketing poster used on the London Underground in January 2006, with the line "Moral: Never go to work early." A common joke that is told during the tour of the distillery, is that all Jack had to do to cure his infection was to dip his toe in a glass of his own whiskey and it would have cleared up the infection.

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