History of
J.W. Kelly
History of J.W. Kelly
History of J.W. Kelly
1844

James Watt Kelly is born February 26, 1844 in Waterford, Ireland.

1844

James Watt Kelly is born February 26, 1844 in Waterford, Ireland.

1844

James Watt Kelly is born February 26, 1844 in Waterford, Ireland.

1863

At age 19, Kelly boards a transatlantic vessel and emigrates to Nashville, Tennessee by way of New York, New York. His travels expose him to the world’s most renowned spirits.

1863

At age 19, Kelly boards a transatlantic vessel and emigrates to Nashville, Tennessee by way of New York, New York. His travels expose him to the world’s most renowned spirits.

1863

At age 19, Kelly boards a transatlantic vessel and emigrates to Nashville, Tennessee by way of New York, New York. His travels expose him to the world’s most renowned spirits.

1865

Kelly travels to Chattanooga, Tennessee to collect a debt and decides to stay in the Scenic City. ​

1865

Kelly travels to Chattanooga, Tennessee to collect a debt and decides to stay in the Scenic City. ​

1865

Kelly travels to Chattanooga, Tennessee to collect a debt and decides to stay in the Scenic City. ​​

1866

Kelly establishes his name in the distillery trade as J.W. Kelly & Company. He sells alcohol through at least twelve different labels.

1866

Kelly establishes his name in the distillery trade as J.W. Kelly & Company. He sells alcohol through at least twelve different labels.

1866

Kelly establishes his name in the distillery trade as J.W. Kelly & Company. He sells alcohol through at least twelve different labels.

1880

Kelly dominates the trade and becomes ​​​​proprietor of a popular saloon on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga.

1880

Kelly dominates the trade and becomes ​​​​proprietor of a popular saloon on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga.

1880

Kelly dominates the trade and becomes ​​​​proprietor of a popular saloon on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga.

1907

Kelly dies from extended illness March 21, 1907.

1907

Kelly dies from extended illness March 21, 1907.

1907

Kelly dies from extended illness March 21, 1907.

1910

Production continues until Tennessee’s Attorney General takes J.W. Kelly & Co. to court for trading alcohol in a dry county.

1910

Kelly dies from extended illness March 21, 1907.

1910

Production continues until Tennessee’s Attorney General takes J.W. Kelly & Co. to court for trading alcohol in a dry county.

1915

The first Prohibition law in the history of the United States passes in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. The market is overtaken by competitors in years following Prohibition repeal due to the deaths of Kelly’s business partners.

1915

The first Prohibition law in the history of the United States passes in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. The market is overtaken by competitors in years following Prohibition repeal due to the deaths of Kelly’s business partners.

1915

The first Prohibition law in the history of the United States passes in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. The market is overtaken by competitors in years following Prohibition repeal due to the deaths of Kelly’s business partners.

2017

Distribution of J.W. Kelly’s bourbon is dormant until 2017, when the recipe is revived and resumes production.

2017

Distribution of J.W. Kelly’s bourbon is dormant until 2017, when the recipe is revived and resumes production.

2017

Distribution of J.W. Kelly’s bourbon is dormant until 2017, when the recipe is revived and resumes production.

J.W. Kelly & Co.

                   

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