August Anheuser Busch, Sr.
(December 29, 1865 - February 10, 1934) was an American
brewing magnate who served as the President and CEO
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
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
, 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.