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John Stith Pemberton
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Born (1831-07-08)July 8, 1831
Died August 16, 1888(1888-08-16) (aged 57)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Resting place Old City Cemetery
Education Reform Medical College of Georgia
Occupation Biochemist
Known for Inventor of Coca-Cola
Spouse(s) Ann Eliza Clifford Lewis
Children Charles Nay Pemberton
Military career
Service/branch  Confederate States of America Army
Years of service 1861–65
Rank Confederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Lieutenant Colonel
Unit Third Cavalry Battalion of the Georgia State Guard
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Stith Pemberton (July 8, 1831 – August 16, 1888) was an American pharmacist and Confederate States Army veteran who is best known as the inventor of Coca-Cola. In May 1886, he developed an early version of a beverage that would later become Coca-Cola, but sold his rights to the drink shortly before his death.

He suffered from a sabre wound sustained in April 1865, during the Battle of Columbus; his ensuing morphine addiction led him to experiment with various painkillers and toxins. In the end, this led to the recipe that later was adapted to make Coca-Cola.

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