The Industrial Age

Cody Conklin

John D. Rockefeller

Who: John D. Rockefeller July 8, 1839 - May 23, 1937. He was a Philanthropist and American business magnate. He was a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry.


What: In 1870, he co-founded Standard Oil Company and aggressively ran it until he officially retired in 1897.


When: In September 1855, when Rockefeller was sixteen, he got his first job as an assistant bookkeeper working for a small produce commission firm called Hewitt & Tuttle. In 1859, Rockefeller went into the produce commission business with a partner, Maurice B. Clark, and they raised $4,000 in capital. In 1866, his brother William Rockefeller Jr. built another refinery in Cleveland and brought John into the partnership.


Where: When it was established in 1870 it was in Ohio. Standard Oil grew so rapidly that it moved to China.


Why: John D. Rockefeller was important because he revolutionized the Petroleum industry.

Samuel F.B. Morse

Who: Samuel F.B. Morse April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872. He was was an American painter who turned inventor.


What: He co-founded the Morse code. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs.


When: He had many patents from 1840 - 1849.


Where: He was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He went to Yale and graduated in 1810.


Why: He had good ideas to invent and patent. He was an amazing painter too.

The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Who: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877(Great Upheaval).


What: When the Civil War ended, a boom in railroad construction ensued, with roughly 55,000 kilometers (35,000 miles) of new track being laid from coast-to-coast between 1866 and 1873.


When: The strike began on July 14 in Martinsburg, West Virginia and lasted for 45 days.


Where: The strike started in West Virginia and spread to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Missouri.


Why: After the Civil War ended there was a lot of railroad tracks being laid down and it was a big financial risk.

Railroad time zone

Who: The railroad station adapts a time zone around the US and Canada.


What: The Railroad Goes on time zones Coast to Coast.


When: November 18, 1883 was the first day that they used it.


Where: All over the US and Canada.


Why: So the railroads would be all together on times.

Mla Citations

1. John D. Rockefeller. Wikipedia. 2/1/2014. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D_Rockefeller

2. Samuel Morse. Wikipedia. 2/10/2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_F._B._Morse

3. Great Railroad Strike of 1877. Wikipedia. 12/10/2013 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Railroad_Strike_of_1877.jpg

4. Randy Alfred. Railroad Time Goes Coast to Coast. Wired. 11/8/2008. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/11/dayintech_1118