[2015] Isabelle Van Doorn: John D. Rockefeller

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[2015] Isabelle Van Doorn: John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller

Biography John D. Rockefeller was the founder of Standard Oil Company. He used horizontal integration to monopolize standard oil.Became the richest man in U.S worth $663.4 billion in 2007 dollars.Rockefeller was a philanthropist. But dont be mistaken, although he built the Standard oil in the least brutal way out of all of the Robber Barons of his time. He was no saint, using exploitive meathods to build his industry. He was kind enough to re hire preveously fired employees. Born July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937The Rockefeller family is still one of the most famous families living in America. With a grand total of 81 Rockefeller residences all over the world. The family is still very active in banking, industrial, and political events.The family is continuously active in real estate construction projects in the 20th century.

Important EventOne of the charitable organizations established by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. was the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission, founded in 1909. Less than 20 years after its creation, the Commission had achieved its primary goals, the successful eradication of hookworm disease across the southern United States.

InterestingsFactsHis father was a con artist and a bigamist.The tycoon’s father, William Avery Rockefeller, was a traveling snake-oil salesman who posed as a deaf-mute peddler and hawked miracle drugs and herbal remedies. The smooth-talking huckster dubbed “Devil Bill” alternately fathered children, including the future industrialist, with his wife and mistress, the couple’s live-in housekeeper. The itinerant William Rockefeller also lived a double life posing as an eye-and-ear specialist named Dr. William Levingston, and in 1855 he secretly married another woman.

Horizontal Integration is buying every other company to monopolize the industry.

The Gilden Age The Gilden Age was a time of currency competition and the race to become the richest man in America. David Rockefeller won this race in the end. He built a multi billion dollar industry by monopolizing standard oil using horizontal integration.


Lobster was once considered a poor persons food. Then one time when Rockefeller accidentally ate it and fell in love with it. It became known as a rich mans food.

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Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate

Middle age Rockefeller

David Rockefeller age 18


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