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Mahlon Kline

Mahlon N. Kline (6 February 1846 – 27 November 1909) was an American pharmacist, who was President and General Manager of Smith Kline & Co..


Born in Windsor Township in Pennsylvania, Mahlon Kline was educated at a local school in Upper Bern.[1] He qualified as a teacher and briefly taught at a school at Hyde Park.[1] He then went to the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie.[1]

In 1865 he joined Smith & Shoemaker: Mr Shoemaker resigned in 1869 and in 1875 the business became Smith Kline & Co.[2] Under Mahlon Kline's leadership it became the third largest pharmaceutical business in the United States.[1]

He was active in local business affairs and, in 1900, became a Director of the local Bourse.[1] He was also active in State politics and in 1905 he became Treasurer of the State Committee of the Lincoln Party.[1]

He died in 1909.[3]


In 1874 he married Isadore E. Unger and together they went on to have three daughters.[1]