Business History Review

Research Article

Origins of the American Tobacco Company

Patrick G. Portera1

a1 Graduate Student in History, Johns Hopkins University


During the 188's and 1890's, the innovations of James Buchanan Duke first disrupted and then rationalized the American tobacco industry. Duke's career and the early history of his American Tobacco Co. serve as case studies in both the history of business administration and in the coming of “big business” to the United States.