C. I. Hood

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C. I. Hood
Born 11 December 1845(1845-12-11)
Chelsea, Orange Co., Vermont
Died 4 February 1922 (76)
Lowell, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

Charles Ira Hood (December 11, 1845 - February 4, 1922) was an American pharmacist and patent medicine manufacturer, the founder of C. I. Hood & Co. of Lowell, Massachusetts, producers of his namesake Hood's Sarsaparilla among many other medicinal concoctions.



  • Hall, Henry, ed. (1896), "CHARLES IRA HOOD", America's Successful Men of Affairs: An Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous Biography, II, New York: New York Tribune, p. 404, 

    CHARLES IRA HOOD, manufacturer, Lowell, Mass., born, Dec. 11, 1845, in Chelsea, Vt., is a son of Amos R. Hood, druggist, and of Abigail Cilley Hood, his wife. The family belong to English stock. The future manufacturer of Lowell, unaware that the future was destined to make his name known to several hundred million human beings, went quietly to school in boyhood and after leaving the academy in Chelsea, Vt., began at the age of fourteen to learn the apothecary business with Dr. Samuel Kidder of Lowell. For five years, also, he served with Theodore Metcalf & Co. in Boston. When ready to act on his own account, he opened a retail drug store in Lowell, Mass., and, in 1875, began the preparation of Hood's Sarsaparilla and other ready made medicines. Mr. Hood was by no means a pioneer in this useful and lucrative business, but he had the good fortune to invent several preparations of great utility, and to possess the ability to advertise successfully not only his sarsaparilla, but the pills, powders and ointments which followed. The result has been that the business has continually increased, until, to-day, Hood's sarsaparilla laboratory, built in 1883, is one of the largest in the world, being five stories high, over 400 feet long, and having an average width of sixty-five feet. Mr. Hood is yet in the full tide of management. In November, 1877, he married Miss Sarah Adelaide, a daughter of H. H. Wilder.