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Lilly, Eli

Ann T. Keene

in American National Biography Online


Published online April 2001 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1202093

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Lilly, Eli (08 July 1838–06 June 1898), pharmaceutical manufacturer, was born the eldest of eleven children on a family-owned plantation in Baltimore County, Maryland, to Gustavus Lilly, a carpenter and building contractor, and Esther Elizabeth Kirby Lilly. He was named after his paternal grandfather. His father's family was descended from Swedish immigrants named Lillja who had come to Maryland in the eighteenth century. When Eli Lilly was an infant, the family moved west to Lexington, Kentucky, and lived there for more than a decade. In the spring of 1852 they moved north to Greencastle, Indiana, establishing themselves quickly in their new community as prominent citizens and staunch Methodists. After being educated at local schools, young Eli began working as a printer's devil for a local newspaper....

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