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Charles Courtice Alderton (June 21, 1857 – May 29, 1941)[1] was an American pharmacist, and the creator of the carbonated soft drink Dr Pepper.

Charles Alderton
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Charles Courtice Alderton
Born (1857-06-21)June 21, 1857
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Died May 29, 1941(1941-05-29) (aged 83)
Waco, Texas, USA
Occupation Pharmacist
Known for Dr Pepper

Early lifeEdit

Charles Courtice Alderon was born (21 June 1857, Brooklyn, New York), the eldest of five children to English parents.[2] Alderton attended Framlingham College in England, studied medicine at the University of Texas, and worked as a pharmacist in Waco, in a shop called "Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store",[3] which had a soda fountain.

Alderton noticed that customers were tiring of the traditional flavours of sarsaparilla, lemon and vanilla, and so to try and revive sales, began experimenting with new flavour combinations, eventually settling on a 23 ingredient mix combined with phosphoric acid to give it tang. It was first sold on 1 December 1885, and was ordered by asking the soda attendant to "shoot a Waco".[4] Alderton gave the formula to Wade Morrison, who named it Dr Pepper.


Alderton was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas, in Plot: Section B-1 Lot 425.[5]


  1. ^ Charles Alderton - NNDB
  2. ^ Entrepreneur magazine encyclopedia of entrepreneurs Anthony Hallett, Diane Hallett
  3. ^ Dr Pepper FAQ. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Donovan, Tristan (2014). Fizz : how soda shook up the world. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-1613747223. 
  5. ^ Find a Grave Charles C. Alderton