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John Henry Kirby

Born: Nov 16, 1860

Death: Nov 9, 1940

Birthplace: Tyler County

Nationality: United States

John Henry Kirby

Date of Birth : Nov 16, 1860
Date of Death : Nov 9, 1940
Birth Place : Tyler County

John Henry Kirby was a businessman whose ventures made him arguably the largest lumber manufacturer in Texas and the Southern United States. In addition to serving two terms in the Texas Legislature, he would also establish the Kirby Petroleum Company. With his successful reputation, he would be known by his business peers as "The Prince of the Pines" and "The Father of Industrial Texas". Kirbyville, Texas in Jasper County is named after him, as is Kirby Drive and Upper Kirby in Houston.

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