James McLamore

James McLamore was one of the two founders of fast food staple, Burger King. His partner David Edgerton originally opened the first Insta Burger King in Miami, Florida in 1954 prior to meeting McLamore. The two would together create the Burger King Corporation.

The corporation opened Burger King stores and went on to introduce the Whopper burger in 1957, when it also dropped “Insta” from the name. The pair sold the business to Pillsbury in 1967 and McLamore served as Burger King’s president until 1970, and was chairman to 1976. McLamore passed away from cancer in 1996 at the age of 70.