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Thomas Adams, Jr.

American Chicle Company

1899 - 1922

Food & Tobacco

pre-1900 b. 1846
Born-Died1846 - 1926
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
Era - pre-1900

Experimenting with chicle (a gum substance from the Mexican Spodilla tree), Adams discovered a commercial use for the substance by utilizing it in the manufacture of a chewing gum. Adams developed public acceptance of this new and unique product, forming the American Chicle Company in 1899. Adams tirelessly promoted the new product while serving as the companys president for 23 years.