The Legacy Of John D. Rockefeller

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In the industrial age, there were these people called the "titans." John D. Rockefeller was considered one of the "titans." Rockefeller wanted to be the richest man in America, however, he was the first billionaire in America (Independence Hall Association, 2015). He was born in Richford, New York in 1839. Rockefeller was the second child and he had five other siblings which were William Rockefeller, Frank Rockefeller, Lucy Rockefeller Briggs, Francis Rockefeller, and Mary Ann Rockefeller (Famous people,2015). He married Laura Celestia Spelman and they had five children. His father, William Avery Rockefeller, was a doctor that thought he could cure cancers. His mother was Eliza Davidson Rockefeller and she was a very religious woman. She taught John how to save and give to charities. He worked for his neighbors and raised turkeys for his mother. By the time he was twelve years old, he had saved $50 dollars, which back then was a lot. The family moved to Owego, New York in 1851 and in 1852 John attended Owego Academy. He was an average student in all other subjects besides Mental Arithmetic. He could solve these problems in his head when most people couldn 't solve them on paper (WGBH Education Foundation, 2015).
"In the spring of 1855 Rockefeller spent 10 weeks at Folsom 's commercial college -- a "chain college" -- where he learned single - and double - entry book keeping, penmanship, commercial history, mercantile customs, banking, and exchange" (WGBH Educational…

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