Milton Snavely Hershey is an American chocolate producer, businessman and philanthropist. Trained in the confectionery industry, Hershey pioneered the production of caramel from fresh milk. He founded the Lancaster Caramel Company, which obtained large quantities of exports, then sold it to form a new company offering mass-produced milk chocolate, once a luxury item. The first Hershey bars went on sale in 1900 and became so popular that he was able to build his own business town in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Hershey's philanthropy extended to a boarding school, originally for local orphans, but could accommodate around 2,000 students in 2016. During World War II, the company developed an intractable bar specifically for troops serving in abroad. The Hershey Company, known as Hershey, is one of the largest confectioners in the world.
|Born||September 13, 1857, Derry Township, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Died||October 13, 1945, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Resting place||The Hershey Memorial, Hershey Cemetery, Laudermich Road, Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S. Section Spec-Her, Lot 1, 40.3083229 N, 76.6383057 W|
|Other names||The Chocolate King|
|Education||Started school at 6 years old and finished through fourth grade|
|Occupation||Confectioner, businessman, philanthropist|
|Known for||The Hershey Company-Founder, Hershey Bar, Hershey, Pennsylvania-founder/planner, Hershey Cemetery|
|Net worth||approx. $10 billion USD|
Businessman and philanthropist who founded the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894.
As a child, he volunteered on the family farm. He used to accompany his father on business trips while he was in his twenties.
During WWII, he gave chocolates to American troops. They were known as Ration D Bars rather than Hershey's Bars.
In 1898, he married Catherine Sweeney.
He almost traveled on the doomed luxury liner The Titanic, the sinking of which was the subject of the 1997 James Cameron movie.
Milton S. Hershey Mansion - The Milton S. Hershey Mansion, also known as High Point, is a historic house located at 100 Mansion Road East in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Built in 1908, it is the home of Hershey Chocolate founder Milton S. Hershey from 1908 until his death.. International Chocolate Day - takes place on Hershey's birthday every year.. The Hershey Company. History of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Chocolate Manufacturers. Hershey, Pennsylvania. Hersheypark park. Confectionery shop salesman. Mennonites of America. Founders of schools in the United States. RMS Titanic's crew and passengers. Founder of an American food company