Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel Founder of his own line of Tennessee whiskey and the famed Jack Daniel's brand. His distillery was first licensed in 1875, He died from blood poisoning after kicking his safe for which he could never remember the combination. He was born the youngest of 10 children. He was close to his nephew Lem Motlow and gave him the distillery in 1907. September 5, 1850, Lynchburg, TN.