Andrew Preston

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Andrew Preston
Andrew W Preston ca1894 BostonFruitCo.png
Portrait of Preston, c. 1894
DiedSeptember 26, 1924(1924-09-26) (aged 77–78) [1]
Known forFormed the Boston Fruit Company

Andrew Woodbury Preston (1846 – September 26, 1924) was a prominent American businessman at the turn of the 20th century. In 1884, Preston and nine others formed the Boston Fruit Company, the birth of the modern banana business. Later, in 1899, Preston and Minor C. Keith combined ventures to form the United Fruit Company. Preston was the president, and Keith became vice-president.

He died at his summer home in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1924. [1] At the time of his death he was still serving as president of the United Fruit Company, the Revere Sugar Refining company, the Central American railroad companies, the Tropical Radio company the Banana Specialty company, and was an officer of several other organizations.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Head of United Fruit Firm Dies." Owensboro Messenger, September 28, 1924, p. 6. Archived from the original. – via

Further reading[edit]

  • "Andrew W. Preston." In: Massachusetts of today: a memorial of the state, historical and biographical, issued for the World's Columbian exposition at Chicago. Columbia publishing company, 1892. Google books
  • National cyclopaedia of American biography. 1910 Google books