James McLamore

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James McLamore
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Born James Whitman McLamore
(1926-05-30)May 30, 1926
New York City, U.S.
Died August 9, 1996(1996-08-09) (aged 70)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Entrepreneur

James Whitman "Jim" McLamore (May 30, 1926 – August 9, 1996) was with David Edgerton responsible for the expansion of the Burger King fast food franchise. McLamore attended Northfield Mount Hermon School before matriculating at Cornell University.[1]

McLamore was an employee and also a businessman before. Edgerton originally opened Insta Burger King in Miami, Florida on March 1, 1954. Three months later, on June 1, he met McLamore and they formed the Burger King Corporation. The corporation opened Burger King stores and went on to introduce the Whopper burger in 1957, when it also dropped "Insta" from the name. The pair sold the business to Pillsbury in 1967 and McLamore served as Burger King's president until 1970, and was chairman to 1976.

McLamore died of cancer in Coral Gables, Florida on August 9, 1996, at the age of 70.


  1. ^ "James McLamore Bio, Founder of Burger King". Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 

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