John K. Smith

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John K. Smith (died 1845) was the founder of SmithKline as in GlaxoSmithKline, the leading pharmaceutical business.


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.[1] Together they sold drugs, paints, varnish, chemicals and window glass.[1]

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.[1]

John K. Smith died in 1845.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d No brotherly love in battle of drug makers' jobs Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 17 February 1998