Andrew Carnegie: Sttrived To Live His Life

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“To try to make the world in some way better than you found it is to have a noble motive in life.” This quote by Andrew Carnegie is a an accurate summary of the way Carnegie strived to live his life. Carnegie’s story began in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1835, when he was born to lowly weaver Will Carnegie and his wife Margaret(“Andrew Carnegie: Pioneer.”). When Carnegie was thirteen years old, his family along with five-year-old Tom Carnegie, sold much of their belongings and sailed to America specifically Allegheny, PA. Will obtained ownership of a relative’s weaving shp after moving into the two rooms above it. Sadly, the business soon failed, puting the Carnegies in need of money once again(“Andrew Carnegie: Pioneer.”). Andrew soon joined his father in working at a textile mill, operating a power-driven loom and working twelve hour days at $1.20 per week. Carnegie was later hired as a telegraph messenger boy with the improved wages of $2.50 per week. Here he was able to learn how to operate a telegraph and decided to do so seeing as the wages were $25 per month(Outman pg.9). In 1853, Carnegie, seventeen at the time, went to work for Thomas A. Scott. He then worked his way to the top of the wealth chain through his steel work and acquiring stock in multiple companies(Outman pg.9). Andrew Carnegie impacted society through his activities in the steel industry, his philanthropic enterprise, and his ideas about the distribution of wealth.
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