Industrializing America

Captain of oil

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Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller was born July 8, 1839, in Richford, New York. He built his first oil refinery near Cleveland and in 1870 incorporated the Standard Oil Company. By 1882 he had a near-monopoly of the oil business in the U.S, but his business practices led to the passing of antimonopoly laws. Late in life Rockefeller devoted himself to philanthropy. He died in 1937. Entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller was an American industrialist who rose from humble beginnings. He founded the Standard Oil Company, a dominating force in the American economy that propelled its founder to become the world's richest man.

Edison

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Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Edison rose from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology. Setting up a lab in Menlo Park, some of the products he developed included the telegraph, phonograph, electric light bulb, alkaline storage batteries and Kinetograph (a camera for motion pictures). He died on October 18, 1931, in West Orange, New Jersey. He was married at the age 16 and his wife died at age 29.

Gompers

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Samuel Gompers was born on January 27, 1850, in London, into a Jewish family which originally hailed from Amsterdam. When he was six, Samuel was sent to the jewish free schools where he received a basic education. His elementary school career was brief, however, as a mere three months after his 10th birthday, Gompers was removed from school and sent to work as an apprentice cigarmaker to help earn money for his impoverished family.

Gompers was able to continue his studies in night school, however, during which time he learned hebrew and studied the talmud, a process which he long later recalled was akin to studying law.

union pacfic

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union pacfic

The Union Pacific Railroad is a Class I line haul freight railroad that operates 8,400 locomotives over 31,390 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and is serviced by 45,700 employees
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