Kessler was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1855. He came to America to make his fortune. He founded Kessler Whisky in the 1870s in Leadville, Colorado. In the early days, to get his product out, Kessler went from saloon to saloon selling the whiskey. Kessler retired from the business in 1921, aged 65.
Due to the prominence of his whiskey, Julius Kessler became president of the Distiller's Securities Corporation, also known as the "Whiskey Trust." Kessler spent his retirement in Vienna, Austria, but returned to America several times.
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