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James A. Gray, Jr.

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

1935 - 1949

Food & Tobacco

1930 b. 1889
UndergraduateUniversity of North Carolina
Born-Died1889 - 1952
BirthplaceNorth Carolina (NC)
FatherExecutive, High-Level
Era - 1930

Through his advertising efforts, Gray was able to return Camel to its position as the best selling cigarette brand. In 1939, Gray greatly improved R. J. Reynolds’ leaf operations by installing vacuum conditioners, which eliminated the use of sweathouses. Gray also played a key role in establishing an American source for the production of cigarette paper.