John K. Smith
Trained as a druggist, John K.Smith joined with his brother-in-law, John Gilbert, in 1830 to open a dispensing chemist at 296 North Second Street in Philadelphia. Together they sold drugs, paints, varnish, chemicals and window glass.
When John K. Smith decided to retire he handed the business on to his son, George K. Smith, who expanded it into a large international business.
John K. Smith died in 1845.
- No brotherly love in battle of drug makers' jobs Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 17 February 1998
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