The story of the James J. Fox company doesn't actually start with the James J. Fox company. To understand where the company is now, you need to go back to 1787, when Robert Lewis opened up a tobacco shop at 19 St. James Street in London, England. It was not until almost 100 years later that James J. Fox opened up his store in Dublin, Ireland, in 1881.
The Dublin store was moderately successful, as Fox was able to pass it down to his sons when the time came for James to retire. However, the control of the family business went to the youngest of his three sons, Frederic, after the unfortunate deaths of his two elder sons. Stanley was killed in a robbery gone wrong in 1926, and Ronald went missing in action during an RAF mission during World War Two, meaning Frederic took over the company at a relatively young age.
Born in 1913, Frederic took charge and saw to it that the company prospered and expanded. Freddie, as he was known, was able to create an import and wholesale business alongside JJ Fox, which helped the company's fortunes. It worked so well, in fact, that in 1947 they were able to open up another store, this time in London. They continued to expand, being able to establish offices in St. Helier, Jersey as well.
By the time Freddie passed away in 1990, he was known as an intelligent and well respected tobacconist that helped put JJ Fox tobacco on the map.
We're now back to Robert Lewis. In 1992, the JJ Fox company purchased Lewis' company, combining the centuries of experience and knowledge of both businesses.
JJ Fox tobacco has been appreciated by many people and has earned the business of some very notable people. If this tobacco is good enough for the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde, they must be doing something right.