John D Rockefeller Biography

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John D. Rockefeller was born in Richford, New York on July 8th, 1839 (biography.com). His father was a travelling salesman (history.com). As a child, Rockefeller made his own money by doing things such as selling candy, raising turkeys, and doing jobs for his neighbors (history.com). In 1853, at the age of 14, he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio (biography.com). At 16, he became an assistant bookkeeper (biography.com). In 1859, he and a business partner established a commission firm that worked with meat, grains, hay, etc (biography.com). The firm shut down after just 1 year in business but Rockefeller and his partner had made about $450,000 (biography.com). After that, he found a fantastic opportunity in the newly created oil business…show more content…
It’s believed he donated over half a billion dollars (history.com). He had 5 kids, one who tragically passed away during infancy, with his wife, Laura Rockefeller (biography.com). Although Rockefeller had a goal of living to be 100 years old, he died on May 23rd, 1937, at the age of 98 in Ormond Beach, Florida (history.com). His son, John, carried on the Rockefeller legacy by doing many amazing things. Some of these including helping establish the United Service Organizations after World War II, donating $5 million to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, providing funding for the Museum of Modern Art, and helping in the restoration of the colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. There are still many living members of the Rockefeller family today and they’re even credited for shaping the United States. As you can see, John D Rockefeller was quite a magnificent man. Creating such a large oil refinery that it had to be split, twice, is an achievement that is not easily done, and may only be done once in this world. Not even the millionaires of today could compare to the amount of money he made. All of this was just because he had an idea and the motivation to do it, and maybe because he was born into a wealthy family

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