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James Griffin Boswell

Born: May 13, 1882

Death: Sep 11, 1952

Birthplace: Penfield

Nationality: United States

James Griffin Boswell

Date of Birth : May 13, 1882
Date of Death : Sep 11, 1952
Birth Place : Penfield

James Griffin Boswell, was founder of the J. G. Boswell Company, known today as the world's largest privately owned farm. Primary crops include Pima cotton, alfalfa hay, tomatoes, onions, and wheat, all cultivated on some 135,000 acres mostly in Kings County, California. Boswell, who came to Pasadena, California as a regional cotton broker from Greene county, Georgia, established his company in Corcoran, California in 1921. With the help of his brother, William Whittier Boswell, J. G. Boswell began growing and ginning cotton as well as marketing it. From 1952 to 1984, the company was headed by William Boswell's son, James G. Boswell II, who is credited with the company's massive growth during the last half of the twentieth century. Currently, the J. G. Boswell Company is led by the son of J. G. Boswell II, James W. Boswell. Born in Penfield, Georgia, J. G. Boswell was the son of Georgia State Legislator Joseph Osgood Boswell and Minnie Griffin both members of pioneer Georgia families. J. G. Boswell joined the Army in 1903 and left in 1920 due to back problems. Upon leaving, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

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