Claud A. Hatcher

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Claud A. Hatcher the inventor of R.C. Cola

Claud Adkins Hatcher (20 August 1876 – 31 December 1933) invented RC (Royal Crown) beverages. He was a Columbus, Georgia pharmacist and son of a grocer.

Through the family-owned Hatcher Grocery Company, Hatcher introduced a cola drink in 1905 called Royal Crown Ginger Ale. In the same year a company was formed to bottle the popular drinks, Union Bottling Works.

Hatcher is buried in the Riverdale Cemetery in Muscogee County, Georgia. His will established the Pickett & Hatcher Educational Fund, a non-profit student lender.

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