Dr. Jacob L. Shirley (born 1884), is a native of Jamaica, British West Indies. He graduated from Meharry College, Nashville in 1910. In June 1910, organized the Union Drug Company, now under different management. He was also the first colored professional man in his section to use an automobile in his practice. After the epidemic of Influenze broke out in 1918, though greatly rushed and treating many cases, at a disadvantage, he lost only two cases out of first 1,200 treated.