Jack Daniels was co-founded by Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel in 1875 in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
His partner was a man named Dan Call, a local lay preacher who had taken Daniel in.
Dan Call had previously made moonshine with a master distiller named Nathan “Nearest” Green, an enslaved African-American man. Jack Daniels began learning his craft at a young age from these two men.
Shortly after the distillery was established, Dan Call quit the business for religious reasons.
In 1884, Daniel purchased the land where the distillery stands today.
The business grew quickly and by the late 1880’s the Jack Daniels distillery was one of the most productive in the county. The distillery began using square bottles in 1897, which were chosen to symbolise a sense of fairness and integrity.
Daniel never married and when his health began to fail in 1907, he gave the distillery to two nephews.
Statewide prohibition began in 1910 and Daniel passed away in 1911 from blood poisoning.
Fortunately, alcohol prohibition was eventually removed and the distillery once again began making the wonderful Tennessee whiskey for which it is known.