Historian to Discuss Andrew Mellon

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Historian to Discuss Andrew Mellon


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British scholar and historian Sir David Cannadine will present "Andrew W. Mellon: Making Money and Giving it Away" at this year's St. Clair Lecture.

Cannadine will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Ferguson Theater, Smith Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The lecture is open to the public. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 724-836-7497.

This year's St. Clair Lecture is sponsored by Westmoreland Heritage, the Westmoreland County Historical Society and Pitt- Greensburg through a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

A graduate of Cambridge University and Oxford, Cannadine is the author of the acclaimed biography, "Mellon: An American Life." He is the Whitney J. Oates Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University, where he is a professor.

Cannadine will discuss how Andrew Mellon made his fortune and how he gave half of it away by creating the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Cannadine notes that Andrew Mellon belonged to a remarkable generation of American wealth creators, including John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and Henry Clay Frick, whose endeavors transformed the United States into the most powerful economy the world had ever seen. …

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