Jonas M. Kilmer

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Jonas M. Kilmer
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Born 11 April 1843(1843-04-11)
Cobleskill, Schoharie, New York
Died 13 May 1912 (69) 
Binghamton, New York
Burial Floral Park Cemetery
Johnson City, New York
Field(s) Proprietary Medicine

Jonas M. Kilmer (April 11, 1843 - May 13, 1912) was an American manufacturer of patent medicines, first as a partner with his brother, S. Andral Kilmer, and then with a full ownership stake (beginning in 1892) in the Dr. Kilmer & Co. business, makers of Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root and other proprietary remedies.


  • Kilmer, C. H. (1897), "Jonas M.", History of the Kilmer Family In America, Elmira: Kilmer, p. 26-27, 

    Born in Cobleskill, New York, April 11, 1813. At the age of twenty-two he went to New York City, where he remained thirteen years in the mercantile business. During this time he was connected as salesman with the large and well known houses of H. B. Claflin, E. S. Jaffrey and Company, and Cochrane, McLane and Company. In 1878 he went to Binghamton, New York, and engaged in the Medical Dispensary of his brother, Dr. S. Andral Kilmer. In 1881 he became an equal partner with his brother, and thus being more closely identified with the establishment, made plans for the increase of the business and gradually enlarged it from the comparatively small area of a few counties in the State to all parts of the United States and in South America and West Indies. In 1892 he bought the half interest of his brother, Dr. S. Andral Kilmer, and is now sole owner of all trademarks, copyrights, and the entire business of the manufacture of proprietary medicines. The buildings are on the corner of Chenango and Virgil streets, covering nearly one-fourth of a city square, with branch offices in New York, Chicago, Rio De Janeiro, U. S. of Brazil, S. A., and Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

    An enterprise that has reached the extent and success that this has in a little more than a dozen years, seems to be proof of the merit of the remedies offered to the public, and of the able and energetic management of the business.

    December 18, 1868, he married Julia E. Sharpe, daughter of Peter G. Sharpe of Sharon Springs, N. Y.

    Mr. Kilmer is Police Commissioner, a member, with his wife, of the North Presbyterian Church, and a trustee in the same society. His first church connection was with the Talmage Tabernacle, in Brooklyn.