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Featured Biography: Charles E. Hires

Charles E. Hires

Charles E. Hires was the first person to brew root beer commercially, though he didn't invent root beer -- everyone had a home recipe for it. Chronology of his life 1851 -- Charles Elmer Hires was born 19 August 1851 into a Quaker family in Roadstown, outside Bridgeton in Stow Creek Township in southern New Jersey, according to his obituary, but other records show Elsinboro. The family name was originally Hoyer, of German descent...
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