A Timeline

1881 Richard Samuel Reynolds is born in Bristol, Tennessee
1903 Reynolds begins working for his uncle at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
1904 He marries Julia Louise Parham on December 21, 1904
He invents the moisture-sealed Prince Albert tin and helps develop and merchandise Camel cigarettes
1912 After leaving R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, he and his two brothers start a household soaps and cleaning products company called Reynolds Corporation
1914 WWI begins, soap is deemed “nonessential” and the Reynolds Corporation factory stops production
1919 The Reynolds sell the Reynolds Corporation and R.S. forms United States Foil Company
1926 R.S. shifts company’s production from tin and lead to aluminum
1928 Reynolds Metals Company is formed
1942 Senator Harry S. Truman pays tribute to R.S. for risking all his assets to produce enough aluminum supplies for his country during the war
1945 U.S. Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Aluminum Co. of America boosts competition in aluminum industry
1947 Reynolds Wrap is introduced to the market, quickly becoming a staple in American kitchens
1948 R.S. Reynolds receives the President’s Certificate of Merit from President Truman for outstanding fidelity in the war effort
1948 R.S. becomes chairman and Richard Reynolds Jr. becomes president of Reynolds Metals Company
1950 Reynolds Metals purchases bauxite deposit in Jamaica, assuring full-scale production of aluminum
1955 Richard Samuel Reynolds passes away in his Richmond, Virginia, home at the age of 74
1955 Julia Louise Reynolds establishes the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation to carry on the vision she and Richard shared