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Boswell (J.G.) Company
James G. Boswell II dies at 86; cotton magnate built family farm into agribusiness giant

James G. Boswell II, the intensely private businessman who transformed his family's cotton holdings into California's first giant agribusiness and one of the nation's great farming empires, has died. He was 86. Boswell died of natural causes Friday at his home in Indian Wells, Calif., according to a statement from the family. As head of the family-owned J.G. Boswell Co., Boswell ran a company that has dominated California cotton growing for generations and has used its clout to influence land- and water-resource policy throughout much of the state. He was just 29 when he inherited the company following the death of his uncle J.G. Boswell, the family patriarch. Over the next...

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