August Anheuser Busch, Sr.

August Anheuser Busch, Sr.

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August Anheuser Busch, Sr. (December 29, 1865 - February 10, 1934) was an American brewing magnate who served as the President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch from 1913-1934. His father, Adolphus Busch founded the company.


He was born on December 29, 1865.

Under his leadership, the company survived World War I, Prohibition and the Great Depression by innovating and diversifying. The company delved into the production of corn products, baker’s yeast, ice cream, soft drinks and commercial refrigeration units. After prohibition ended in 1933, many of these operations were discontinued.

In his later life he suffered from heart disease, dropsy, and gout. He ended his own life with a gunshot to the abdomen on February 10, 1934 at the Busch Mansion at Grant's Farm. He was buried in Sunset and Memorial Park in St. Louis, Missouri.


In 1947 his wife Alice, donated $70,000 to help with the purchase of the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, as a memorial to her husband.

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