Katharine and R. J. Reynolds
Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Georgia Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I am indebted to many wonderful people in the researching and writing of this book. Let me begin with all the archivists whose knowledge of their respective repositories and whose support...
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Richard Joshua Reynolds lived the proverbial American success story on a big southern stage. Contemporary narratives extolled his modest origins in the Virginia backcountry and his rags- to- riches scramble to fame and fortune. A rugged individualist with deeply...
1. Making a Business of It
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Born in 1850 in Patrick County, Virginia, where the rolling hills of the Piedmont lap the Blue Ridge Mountains just above the North Carolina border, Richard Joshua Reynolds was a child of the slaveholding South who came of age in the tumultuous years of Reconstruction...
2. A Hardworking, Painstaking Student
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R.J.R. had already settled in Winston a full fi ve years before his future wife was born, so great was their age diff erence of thirty years. R.J.R. grew up during slavery and the Civil War. Katharine grew up in a late nineteenthcentury South racing to catch up with the industrializing...
3. Making Money
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While Katharine was growing up in Mount Airy, going to school and dreaming about her future, R.J.R. was transforming Winston into an important southern industrial center. Boyish, clean-shaven, and thin as a rail when he first arrived, he grew more imposing...
4. Dearest of All
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R. J. Reynolds had never been a romantic. He preferred shrewd deals and hard living to sentimentalism. But his love for his first cousin once removed, Kate Smith, his “dearest of all,” proved deep and...
5. Brains and Backbone
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R.J.R.’s business thrived during the period in which he had entered into marriage and fatherhood. Thirty years earlier, he had built a barn- red tobacco warehouse in Winston. He had spent the last three decades transforming his tobacco business into one of the leading economic...
6. A Thousand Cattle on a Hill
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Even as a young woman, Katharine had dreamed big. She once told her State Normal and Industrial School roommate Emma Speight, “When I marry . . . I shall buy a great estate...
7. A Woman for a New Day
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As the United States prepared to enter World War I, Katharine and R.J.R. began the most diffi cult period of their lives. Although the Reynolds Tobacco Company had never been more profi table and their children healthier, and while their Reynolda bungalow...
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Over the course of their lifetimes, Richard Joshua Reynolds and Katharine Smith Reynolds shaped the experiences and opportunities of thousands of North Carolinians...
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Page Count: 448
Illustrations: 49 b&w photos, 1 table
Publication Year: 2012