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Charles Leiper Grigg (1868 - 1940)

Charles Leiper Grigg
Born in Prices Branch, Missouri, USAmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died at age 71 in St. Louis, Missouri, USAmap
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Inventor of Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime soda, better known by its later name, 7 Up.

Charles Leiper Grigg was born May 11, 1868 in Price Branch, Missouri, United States. He was a son of Charles Grigg and Mary Leiper. He grew up in Bear Creek, Montgomery, Missouri with two siblings. [1][2]


Charles married Lucy Alexander around 1899 probably in Bear Creek, Montgomery, Missouri. Together they had the following children: Elizabeth W Grigg and Hamblett Charles Grigg.[3][4][5]

The Soda Business

In 1919, Charles was working as a salesman for a manufacturing company owned by Vess Jones and Sean-Paul Owens. At this company Charles, invented and marketed his first soft drink called "Whistle". The success of the drink led to his promotion to the position of sales and marketing manager. Charles eventually left the company and went to Warner Jenkinson Company and developed flavoring agents for soft drinks.

In 1920, Charles developed his his second soft drink named Howdy. He partnered with financier Edmund G. Ridgway and lawyer Frank Gladney and formed the Howdy Company.

On October 1929, Charles invented Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime soda later known as 7 Up. It was first billed as a headache remedy.

In 1936, Charles changed the name of Howdy Corporation to the Seven-Up Company.


Charles Leiper Grigg died April 16, 1940 in Saint Louis, Missouri from complications of diabetes.[6][7] He was buried in the New Providence Methodist Church Cemetery in Bellflower, Montgomery County, Missouri.[8]


  1. United States Census, 1870 [online database] FamilySearch. Charles Grigg in entry for Charles Grigg, 1870. Census Place: Bear Creek, Montgomery, Missouri; Roll: M593_794; Page: 21B
  2. United States Census, 1880 [online database] FamilySearch. Charles L Gregg in entry for Charles Gregg, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 108, sheet 30A.
  3. United States Census, 1900 [online database] FamilySearch. Leiper C Grigg, Bear Creek Township (north part), Montgomery, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 59, sheet 6B, family 119.
  4. United States Census, 1920 [online database] FamilySearch. Chas L Grigg, St Louis Ward 13, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, United States; citing ED 263, sheet 13A, line 30, family 324
  5. United States Census, 1930 [online database] FamilySearch. Charles L Grigg, St Louis (Districts 251-500), St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 493, sheet 17B, line 65, family 337
  6. Death Certificate Standard Certificate of Death for Charles Leiper. Missouri Digital Heritage
  7. Charles L. Grigg, 72, Dies; Founder of Soft Drink Firm St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) 16 Apr 1940, Tue. Page 9
  8. Find A Grave, memorial page for Charles Leiper Grigg (11 May 1868–16 Apr 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82133020, citing New Providence Methodist Church Cemetery, Bellflower, Montgomery County, Missouri, USA

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