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Baron, Bernhard (1850–1929), tobacco manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 5 December 1850 in the Russian town of Brest Litovsk. His parents were both Jewish and he was probably of French descent. In 1867 he emigrated to New York, where he worked in a tobacco factory, sleeping at night in the tobacco sheds; with tobacco lent to him by one of the foremen, he started to manufacture handmade cigarettes. He then moved to ...

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Wills, William Henry, first Baron Winterstoke (1830–1911), tobacco manufacturer and philanthropist, was born at Bristol on 1 September 1830, the second son and only surviving child of William Day Wills (1797–1865) [see under Wills family (per. c. 1786-1928)], tobacco manufacturer, and his wife, ...