Founder, A. Fuente & Company
and Patriarch of the Fuente Family
(1888-1973)
ARTURO FUENTE
Founder, A. Fuente & Company
and Patriarch of the Fuente Family
(1888-1973)
ARTURO FUENTE

The Arturo Fuente cigar brand was born in 1912 in West Tampa, Florida.  It was in that year that the brand was launched by a 24-year-old Cuban émigré named Arturo Fuente (November 8, 1887 – February 11, 1973) as A. Fuente & Co. Fuente had come to the United States in 1902, leaving his hometown of Güines, Cuba in the aftermath of the Spanish–American War.

The original factory used by the company was a three story wooden building, one of nearly 200 cigar-making facilities in the city of Tampa alone. All of these manufacturers would import tobacco from nearby Cuba for production into finished cigars.

The company was incorporated in 1924, by which time A. Fuente & Co. had grown to the point that it employed 500 workers. However late in 1924 disaster struck the company and their building burned to the ground. Production of the brand was halted; it would not be until 1946, 22 years later, that production of the brand resumed.

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