Tuesday marks Pepsi founder's birthday

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Caleb Bradham, founder of Pepsi, was born 147 years ago today.

He was born in Chinquapin, and opened a drug store in downtown New Bern.

There, he invented "Brad's Drink," which he later renamed "Pepsi-Cola."

Bradham passed away in 1934, at the age of 76.

The original purpose of Bradham's concotion was to help with stomach aches.

In 1902, Bradham launched the Pepsi-Cola Company in the back room of his pharmacy.

He applied for a trademark through the U.S. Patent Office, and got approval for it on June 16, 1903.

Bradham moved the bottling of Pepsi-Cola from his drugstore into a rented warehouse.

He sold 7,968 gallons of syrup in the first year of operation.

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