John D. Rockefeller: Anointed with Oil

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CHRONOLOGY

1839

John Davison Rockefeller is born to William Avery and Eliza Davison Rockefeller in Richford, New York

1855

Leaves Central High School in Cleveland; attends business college; starts work in wholesaling

1859

Helps to open Clark and Rockefeller commission house

1863

Helps to start Andrews, Clark, and Co., an oil-refining firm

1864

Marries Laura Celestia (Cettie) Spelman

1865

Buys out most of his refining partners; brings his brother William into the firm

1866

His first child, Bessie, is born

1867

Takes Henry Morrison Flagler into the firm

1870

Helps to incorporate Standard Oil Company

1872

Efforts to pool the oil industry are shouted down, but he quietly buys out many rivals

1874

Gets a long-sought male heir: John D. Rockefeller Jr., the last of four surviving children

1877

Occupies Forest Hill, a country estate outside Cleveland; sparks a deadly railroad strike

1879

Is indicted for stifling competition, with decades of prosecutions to follow

1881

Henry Demarest Lloyd launches [muckraking] journalism by blasting Standard Oil

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Chapter 1 - The First Foothold 9
  • Chapter 2 - The Oil Business Head and Ears 23
  • Chapter 3 - Missionaries of Light 41
  • Chapter 4 - What Should Be Done? 57
  • Chapter 5 - I Can't Endure to See That Money Idle 73
  • Chapter 6 - Shall We Go On, Gentlemen? 87
  • Chapter 7 - Our Splendid, Happy Family Must Scatter 99
  • Chronology 116
  • Further Reading and Resources 118
  • Museums and Historic Sites 120
  • Index 122
  • Acknowledgments 126
  • Picture Credits 127
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