Andrew Preston

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Portrait of Andrew Preston, ca.1894

Andrew Woodbury Preston (1846–1924) 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.

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