The Industrial Age
John D. Rockefeller
John D Rockefeller was the founder of standard oil. He found the oil with his brother William, along with 4 other people. In June 1870, he formed standard oil of Ohio. That became the biggest oil company in the country. The company became popular because of the railroads and how they need oil.
Thomas Alva Edison
Thomas Edison was a great inventor. He fist invented the phonograph in 1877. Then he invented the carbon microphone in 1877-1878. He didn't invent the very first lightbulb. Instead, he took a normal lightbulb and made it better. The fist successful lightbulb test was on October 22, 1879. It lasted 13.5 hours. He did his first public demonstration on December 31, 1879.
Samuel Gompers was a cigar maker. He became a labor union leader in 1886. Gompers got sick in February 1923. He then passed away in San Antonio Texas on December 13, 1924. Samuel Gompers is important because he was the leader of the labor union.
Central pacific railroad
The central pacific railroads costed $16,000 per mile. In the 1870's the road opened up its own construction facilities in sacramento California. The railroad planner was Theodore Judah. They made the railroad on April 1, 1863.