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James DOLE

American James DOLE

born James Drummond DOLE

American industrialist who developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii

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Born: on September 27, 1877 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA
Died: on May 20, 1958 in Hawaii


James Dole was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts (now part of Boston) to a proud native American Puritan family long settled in the country since Colonial America times. His father was Unitarian minister Charles Fletcher Dole and his mother was Frances Drummond. His paternal great-grandfather was Wigglesworth Dole (1779–1845). His maternal grandfather was also a clergyman, James Drummond. Growing up, Dole attended Roxbury Latin School in Roxbury, Massachusetts from which he graduated. In 1899, Dole obtained his bachelor degree in agriculture from the Bussey Institute of Harvard University. After receiving USD $50 as a gift, Dole began saving money for a future business. After growing his savings to $16,240, Dole moved to Honolulu Hawaii at the age of 22, arriving on November 16, 1899, (then governed by his cousin Sanford B. Dole, after the 1893 overthrow of Queen Lili?uokalani). He purchased a 64-acre (260,000 m2) government homestead in the central plains of the island of Oahu at 21°30'30?N 158°0'22?W. After experimenting with a number of crops, he settled on planting pineapple.

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