John Grant was a well-known Atlanta merchant around the 1880s, whose father and grandfather were both very successful railroad builders for their company, Fannin, Grant & Co. Though a University of Georgia graduate, Grant was on the Georgia School of Technology (Tech’s name at the time) Board of Trustees. Grant married the daughter of Hugh T. Inman, an Atlanta hotel owner and the wealthiest man in Georgia when he died in 1910, successfully two of the wealthiest and most influential families in Georgia at the time. Their son, Hugh Inman Grant, died at the age of 10 in 1906, which led to Grant’s eventual donation to the school for a football stadium in 1913, right around the time that his son would’ve been going to college. As a businessman, Grant found success first as president of the Gate City Loan, Saving, and Banking Company at the age of 21. In 1902, he was director of Third National Bank.
- Member of Georgia Tech Board of Trustees
- Owner of the Kimball House hotel, a wedding gift from his father-in-law, Hugh Inman