Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim
Lonnie Alfred "Bo" Pilgrim (born May 8, 1928) is the founder of Pilgrim's Pride, formally[clarification needed] the largest chicken producer in the United States. Pilgrim founded Pilgrim's Pride when he opened a feed store in 1946 in Pittsburg, Texas, with his older brother, Aubrey.
In 1989, when the Texas Senate had a debate on a bill to gut[clarification needed] state workers' compensation laws, Pilgrim handed out $10,000 US checks on the Senate floor. Pilgrim was a supporter of the bill, and also overwhelmingly contributed to the gubernatorial and presidential campaigns of George W. Bush.
In addition to his holdings in Pilgrim's Pride, he is also principal shareholder of NETEX Bancorporation, a bank holding company which operates Pilgrim Bank, a bank with branches in Pittsburg and nearby Mount Pleasant.
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