The private story of William Mulherin charts the history of a man whose storied life as an entrepreneur, whiskey baron and pillar of his community creates as many questions as it does answers. So we went digging, and this is what we found...

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1848

WILLIAM J. MULHERIN IS BORN IN DERRY IRELAND. AT THE AGE OF 15 HE EMIGRATES TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

1869

WILLIAM SETTLES IN PHILADELPHIA AND MARRIES MARY THEY HAVE SIX CHILDREN OVER THE SPAN OF 15 YEARS: JOHN 1896, ARTHUR 1870, WILLIAM 1887, JENNIE 1880, FRANK 1882, ANNA 1884

1887

WILLIAM J. MULHERIN CO.

WILLIAM APPRENTICES IN THE WHISKEY TRADE WORKING FOR ONE OF THE SEVERAL IRISH LIQUOR DEALERS IN PHILADELPHIA. AT THE AGE OF 39 WILLIAM STRIKES OUT ON HIS OWN.

1890

FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK

WILLIAM JOINS THE OLDEST EXTANT FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

1893

WILLIAM AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATES START A WHISKEY TRUST AND BECOMES PART OWNER OF THE PHILADELPHIA RYE WHISKEY DISTILLERY IN BUCKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA. IT HOLDS 14000 BARRELS OF AGING WHISKEY.

1899

WM. MULHERIN & SONS

WILLIAMS SONS JOHN, ARTHUR AND WILLIAM JOIN THE COMPANY AND WILLIAM RENAMES IT.

1900

WILLIAM OCCUPIES A SUBSTANTIAL THREE-STORY BUILDING AT THE S. E. CORNER OF FRONT AND MASTER WITH THEIR NAME PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED. THIS SITE WOULD BE THE FINAL LOCATION OF THE BUSINESS.

1902

PRIVATE CLUB PURE RYE

WM. MULHERIN & SONS BEGAN TO ADVERTISE THEIR BRANDS WIDELY IN A FOUR STATE AREA WITH AN ASSURED SUPPLY OF WHISKEY FOR BLENDING.

1904

ASK FOR WINNER WHISKEY!

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ISSUES A PATENT FOR THE COMPANIES PREMIUM WHISKEY BLEND WINNER RYE

1905

THE BEST DRINK OF WHISKEY IN THE WORLD FOR 10 CENTS

THEODORE ROOSEVELT ATTENDS THE 1900 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA WHERE WINNER WHISKEY IS ADVERTISED.

1906

MARY AND WILLIAM ATTEND THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK BALL AT THE BELLVUVE HOTEL IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.

1909

JOHN AND ARTHUR JOIN THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK.

1913

WILLIAM MULHERIN DIES ON NOVEMBER 11TH.

1914

WM. MULHERIN'S SONS.

THE COMPANY NAME IS CHANGED FOR THE FINAL TIME.

1915

JOHN MULHERIN BECOMES A WELL KNOWN LIQUOR MERCHANT IN PHILADELPHIA AS THE SENIOR MEMBER OF WM. MULHERIN'S SONS.

1916

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE MARKET-FRANKFORD EL ALONG FRONT ST.

1917

MADE IN AMERICA!

MAY WE SUGGEST WINNER RYE

1920

PROHIBITION BEGINS ON JANUARY 20TH.

1924

WM. MULHERIN'S SONS IS SHUT DOWN BY PROHIBITION.

1925

JOHN MULHERIN DIES FROM A COMPOUND FRACTURED ANKLE.

1933

PROHIBITION ENDS AT LAST!

2013

WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE

STEVE ESPO POWERS IS COMMISIONED TO PAINT A MURAL FOR KURT VILE ON THE SIDE OF WM. MULHERIN'S SONS.

2014

RESTORATION BEGINS.

2016

WM. MULHERIN'S SONS REOPENS FOR BUSINESS ON MARCH 29TH.

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