John Davidson Rockefeller: An Influential Character In History

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John Davidson Rockefeller was an influential character in history. His wealth, character, and aggressiveness directed him to create one of the first and most known monopolies in modern history. Throughout the Industrial and Gilded eras Rockefeller dominated his pitiful competition destroying the oil industries. Rockefeller might have been a businessman not an inventor, but in creating the monopoly he chooses to be something a different an in-between. John Davidson Rockefeller born July 8, 1839 in the small, quant town of Richford, New York. Son of Eliza Davidson and William Avery Rockefeller, Rockefeller came from a busy upbringing. His enormous family relocated many times while he was young. “The family, which included John's older sister, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers, moved frequently: first to Moravia, New York; then to Owego, New York; and finally, to Cleveland, Ohio.”(Qtd…show more content…
Standard Oil was the first modern monopoly and the longest to survive. Though there are debates on who created the first monopoly Rockefeller’s was the most known. Overall, Rockefeller veiled the expansion of Standard Oil making it unclear until further investigation that it truly was an incredible monopoly. The invention of the modern trust was another one of Rockefeller’s unintentional inventions. By putting together an overshadowing board for his industry, he was able to spread work evenly and get more work done. Finally, he was able to keep a low profile by creating the board and putting himself as the head of it. Rockefeller finally was the first major philanthropist. His donations to the church were enormous. Rockefeller felt obliged to his faith donated 10% of his earnings each year. Rockefeller boosted the Baptist faith with his donations. Throughout history there have been many inventors, but there has been none quite like

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