Milton S. Hershey

By: Jena Hart

History & Their Buisness

Milton was born on September 13th, 1857, and born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. When he was im his late teens and early 20's his father would take him on sales trips.
By the time that Milton was 30 he went bankrupt because of his lack of education. But he soon became one of the most known and popular Americans for his invention of Hershey's chocolate.

At the age of 14, Milton, who dropped out of school the year before started to show an intrest in chocolate, and how it's made.
One of Milton's few nicknames were "The Chocolate King" because of his succession in the chocolate industry. Even after he died on October 13th, 1945 at the age of 88 the nickname still carries on along through his history.


On March 2, 1903, he began construction on what was to become the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing company. The factory was in the middle of a dairy farmland. In Chicago is when Milton got his first look at chocolate making, which soon inspired him to want to make chocolate.


  • Milton Hershey dropped out of school a year before he started to show an interest in chocolate making.
  • Hershey opened his first candy business at the age of 18.
  • He went bankrupt twice, in 1882 (in Philadelphia) and in 1886 (in New York).
  • The caramel that made him famous was called "Capital A" caramel.
  • Milton Hershey owned sugar plantations in Cuba from 1916-1946.
  • He left almost all of his profit to make the Milton Hershey High School.
  • Hershey's chocolate was provided for World War II.
  • On May 25th, 1898, Hershey married his wife Catherine Sweeney.
  • Milton's mansion now serves as a Hershey Foods Corporation.