John Stith Pemberton (July 8, 1831 – August 16, 1888) was a Confederate veteran and an American pharmacist, and is best known for being the inventor of Coca-Cola.

John Stith Pemberton (July 8, 1831 – August 16, 1888) was a Confederate veteran and an American pharmacist, and is best known for being the inventor of Coca-Cola.

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This Day in History: Civil War Veteran and Morphine Addict John Pemberton Invents Coca-Cola

This Day in History: Civil War Veteran and Morphine Addict John Pemberton Invents Coca-Cola

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In the late 1800s, one suffering from impotence, addiction to morphine, or belly aches might be prescribed John Pemberton’s French Wine of Coca. The wine concoction contained caffeine and 8 1/2 milligrams of cocaine (equivalent to snorting about 1/2 line). Though after 1903 you know it as Coca Cola.

In the late 1800s, one suffering from impotence, addiction to morphine, or belly aches might be prescribed John Pemberton’s French Wine of Coca. The wine concoction contained caffeine and 8 1/2 milligrams of cocaine (equivalent to snorting about 1/2 line). Though after 1903 you know it as Coca Cola.

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Woman wearing stencilled starch resist adire wrapper, Ila-Orangun, Nigeria, 1974. Photo by John Pemberton 111 from Abiodun, Pemberton and Beier, "Cloth Only Wears to Shreds" (2004)

Woman wearing stencilled starch resist adire wrapper, Ila-Orangun, Nigeria, 1974. Photo by John Pemberton 111 from Abiodun, Pemberton and Beier, "Cloth Only Wears to Shreds" (2004)

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Coca-Cola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola

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John Pemberton, the man who invented Coca-Cola, changed the beverage market forever when he introduced the drink in 1886. Read his fascinating

John Pemberton, the man who invented Coca-Cola, changed the beverage market forever when he introduced the drink in 1886. Read his fascinating

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Coca-Cola” was suggested by Pemberton’s A bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, stemming from the two key ingredients: extracts from the coca leaf and kola nut. Robinson was also the one to first pen the now classic cursive “Coca-Cola” logo.

Coca-Cola” was suggested by Pemberton’s A bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, stemming from the two key ingredients: extracts from the coca leaf and kola nut. Robinson was also the one to first pen the now classic cursive “Coca-Cola” logo.

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