Andrew Carnegie

Why Carnegie is better than Vanderbilt and Rockefeller

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Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835, in Scotland. After moving to the United States, he worked a series of railroad jobs. By 1889 he owned Carnegie Steel Corporation, the largest of its kind in the world. In 1901 he sold his business


1. He made his money in the steel industry and was thought to be the second richest man in history.

2. Andrew Carnegie donated much of his fortune to fund libraries (about 3,000 of them), schools and universities.

3. We have Andrew Carnegie to thank for the advent of free public libraries.

4. He funded and had constructed 7,000 church organs.

5. He founded and owned Carnegie Hall in New York City.


1. In 1900, Carnegie endowed a few technical schools that provided technical training at the secondary level in Pittsburgh with $2 million.

2. In 1901 Carnegie created a national scientific research institution that would be a resource for all universities.

3. Established in 1895 with the purpose of celebrating art, science, music and literature. Built at a cost of $20 million, the institute has a library, art gallery, music hall and museum of natural history. Among other natural wonders, the museum displays two dinosaurs, Diplodocus carnegie and Apatosarus louisae, named after his wife.