Jasper Newton Daniel was born in 1850, one of 13 children in the family.
Jack grew up being close to Dan Call, a family friend who taught him how to make and sell whiskey at his distillery. Call was also a Lutheran minister.
In 1859, Call was asked to choose between ministering and making whiskey by a local temperance preaching group. In September of 1863, Call's congregation made convinced him that he should focus on uplifting people around town than selling them spirits.
Jack was just 13 when Call decided to sell the distillery to him. Jack became the first one to register his distillery in 1866. Today more than 25,000 people around the world visit the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
When he turned 21, he went on a shopping spree in the city and returned in a formal knee lengh frock coat and a borad-drimmed planter's hat - the outfit we recognize on him today. Locals say no one is quite sure whether his distinctive style was meant to mask his youth or elevate the stature of short distiller.
In 1887 Jack's 17 year-old nephew Lem Motlow joined the distillery. In 1090 National Prohibition has closed down the distillery in Tennessee and Lem kept the business alive during the Prohibition. He was elected to the Tennessee legislature and introduced the law that let the distillery start up again.
In 1904 Jack was persuaded to enter his Old No.7, the world famous Black Label in an exhibition and tasting of fine whiskey at the World's Fair held in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then his whiskey continued to win many awards and became well-recognized brand throughout the world.
One morning in 1905, Jack arrived at work and tried to open his safe in the office but he couldn't remember the combination. He impatiently kicked the safe and broke his big toe. An infection eventually caused blood poisoning which led him to his grave in 1911. He was never married or had children.
Jack Daniel's Distillery, Lynchberg, TN
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