John Davison Rockefeller: From Rags To Riches

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John Davison Rockefeller: From Rags to Riches “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great”, John D. Rockefeller. John D. Rockefeller accomplished more than anyone of his era could. Rockefeller began his life at the bottom, but rose to the top of the social and economic later later in his life. He pioneered the idea of the now illegal monopoly, and the American business model. Although Rockefeller is particularly remembered for his ruthless tactics in his oil monopoly, he contributed an immense fortune to various charity foundations. John Davison Rockefeller was born on the eighth of July, 1839 in Richford, New York. Rockefeller was the oldest child of William A. Rockefeller, a snake-oil salesmen, and Eliza Davidson. Rockefeller’s father left the family at an early age, and this forced his mother to move from state to state, until the family landed in Cleveland, Ohio. Starting at the bottom of the social classes, Rockefeller was able to finish high school, and took a single business class at a local college (Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999). In later years, Rockefeller would create his own company, which bought and sold food. Who knew that in the following years Rockefeller would become one of the biggest names in the oil industry. Every person has special days in which they celebrate their beginning, such as marriages or friendships. Just like regular people, Rockefeller created and celebrated a very significant day. Job Day was held close to the

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