Link, John Wiley (1866–1933)

By: Winifred A. Duffy

Type: Biography

Published: March 1, 1995

Updated: May 9, 2017


John Wiley Link, lawyer, land developer, and businessman, son of David Lowman and Nancy Emmaline (Henry) Link, was born near Gallatin, Texas, on December 1, 1866. He studied law at Baylor University and was admitted to the bar in 1888. In 1891 he joined the law firm of Holland and Holland in Amarillo. He married Ihna Imola Holland in 1891. He moved with the firm in 1895 to Orange, where he became mayor in 1900. During this time he was instrumental in securing the Beaumont-Orange deepwater channel. Link moved with his family to Houston in 1910 and developed the Montrose area under the title Houston Land Corporation. In 1912 he formed and became president of Link Oil Corporation and in 1921 became vice president and general manager of the Kirby Lumber Company (see KIRBY, JOHN HENRY). In 1926 he became first chairman of the board of the American General Insurance Company. He became president of the Dr Pepper parent company in 1929. He died in Houston on March 18, 1933, and was survived by his widow and five children.

Winifred Arndt Duffy, John Wiley Link (Houston: Armstrong, ca. 1974). Harry E. Ellis, Dr Pepper-King of Beverages (Dallas: Taylor, 1979).

Time Periods:

  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Progressive Era
  • Texas in the 1920s

Places:

  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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March 1, 1995
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