Location: Richford New York

Biographical Sketch of John Davison Rockefeller

Rockefeller, John Davison; capitalist; born, Richford, N. Y., July 8, 1839; son of William Avery and Eliza (Davison) Rockefeller; brother of William R. (q. v.); moved to Cleveland, O., 1853; public school education; married Laura C. Spelman, of Cleveland, Sept. 8, 1864; father of John Davison, Jr., and Edith Rockefeller McCormick (both q. v.); was clerk in forwarding and commission house at 19, partner in firm of Clark & Rockefeller, commission merchants; firm became Andrews, Clark & Co., and engaged in oil business; in 1865, the firm, then William Rockefeller & Co., built Standard Oil Works, Cleveland; this was consolidated with others in Standard Oil Co., 1870; other interests were later acquired and the Standard Oil Trust was formed, 1882, but dissolved, 1892; the various Standard Oil companies being operated separately, with Mr. Rockefeller at the head of the entire business, until Dec. 4, 1911, when be retired; be has given a total of $43,000,000 to the General Education Board, of which he gave $32,000,000 at one time, February, 1907; also over $23,000,000 to University of Chicago; a $100,000 building, 3,000 vols. on Greek art and literature, and money donations to Vassar; $1,375,000 to Barnard College; $250,000 to American Baptist Missionary Union and Home Missionary Society; $1,000,000 to Yale, 1905; endowed Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York, with $1,825,000; Southern Education Fund, $1,126,000; Harvard, $1,000-000, Teachers College, $500,000,...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Rockefeller

Rockefeller, Frank; capitalist; born at Richford, Tioga County, N. Y., in 1845, where he lived for several years, until his father and brothers moved to Cleveland; for several years, he followed various occupations, until he became interested with his brother, John D. Rockefeller, in the oil business, becoming one of the principal promoters of the Standard Oil Co.; retired from active business interests in 1895; he has a summer home at Wycliffe, O., and a big ranch in Kansas; member Union, Columbia and Roadside Clubs, Cleveland, and the Ohio Society, N. Y.;...

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