- Eli Lilly (industrialist)
Eli Lilly (
April 1, 1885– January 24, 1977) was a pharmaceutical industrialist and philanthropistfrom Indiana, United States.
Indianapolis, Indiana, Eli Lilly was President of Eli Lilly and Company. He was named for his grandfather, Colonel Eli Lilly, who founded the family business. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1907, Lilly joined the family pharmaceutical business. He was president of the company from 1932 to 1948. Following that he was chairman of the board. He showed great management skill and concern for the welfare of his employees.
Lilly was also known for his philanthropic activities and a founder of the Indianapolis-based
Lilly EndowmentInc. along with his father J.K. Lilly Sr. and his brother J.K. Lilly Jr., which has become one of the largest private foundations in the United States.
Lilly was interested in
historyand archaeologyand founded the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indianato aid in the preservation of structures significant to the historical and cultural development of Indiana. Lilly and his family established the Lilly Endowment in 1937. He was on the board of trustees of the Indiana Historical Societyand served as president. His gift in 1964 of the William Connerhome in Hamilton County, Indianato Earlham Collegewas the genesis of the Conner Prairieliving history museum. Lilly was known for his deep affection for his home state.
Lilly owned three, side-by-side large residences on
Lake Wawaseejust north of Our Lady Of The Lake Seminary.
* [http://www.indianahistory.org/pop_hist/people/lilly.html Indiana Historical Society]
*Lilly, Eli. Early Wawasee Days. Indianapolis: Studio Press Inc., 1960.
*Madison, James H. Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society., 1989 ISBN 0871950472.
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