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Eli Lilly

Born: Apr 1, 1885

Death: Jan 24, 1977

Birthplace: Indianapolis

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Eli Lilly

Date of Birth : Apr 1, 1885
Date of Death : Jan 24, 1977
Birth Place : Indianapolis

Eli Lilly was a pharmaceutical industrialist and philanthropist from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Under his vision and leadership, Eli Lilly and Company, founded by his grandfather, grew from a successful, family-owned business into a modern corporation and industry leader. Lilly served as the company president, chairman of the board of directors, and honorary chairman of the board. Throughout his long life, Lilly took a personal interest in the history of Indiana and his hometown of Indianapolis. A man of significant personal wealth, whose philanthropic contributions were often given anonymously, Lilly was also modest, quiet, and unassuming. He made substantial gifts and actively supported the work of individuals and groups who shared his passions for archaeology, state and local history, art, religion, education, and civic improvement. In addition to his personal philanthropy, Lilly, with his father, Josiah K. Lilly Sr., and brother, Josiah K. Lilly Jr., established the Lilly Endowment, a philanthropic foundation that continues to support their family's generosity into the twenty-first century.


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  • Josiah K. Lilly, Sr.
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