John D. Rockefeller
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Daniel M. Harkness
Daniel M. Harkness was born in Milan, Ohio in 1822 to Dr. David M. Harkness and Elizabeth Caldwell Harkness.He played an important role in the formation of Standard Oil. His younger half-brother on hi...
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Kootenay Brown
John George Brown (10 October 1839 – 18 July 1916), better known as "Kootenai" Brown, was an Irish-born Canadian polymath, soldier, trader and conservation advocate.Born and eductated in Ennistymon, I...
Isaiah Frazier
Isaiah N. Frazier (born 1823) was an oil speculator who in 1864 was the first to discover oil in what became Pithole City in Verango County, Pennsylvania. The legendary and largest oil boomtown grew a...
Benjamin Silliman, Jr.
Benjamin Silliman, Jr. (December 4, 1816 – January 14, 1885) was a professor of chemistry at Yale University and instrumental in developing the oil industry.His father Benjamin Silliman Sr., also a fa...
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Building the Virginian Railway
Building the Virginian Railway began as a project to create an 80-mile (130 km)-long short line railroad to provide access for shipping of untapped bituminous coal reserves in southern West Virgi...
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Samuel Kier
Samuel Martin Kier (July 19, 1813 – October 6, 1874) was an American inventor and businessman who is credited with founding the American petroleum refining industry. He was the first person in ...
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Charles Pratt
Charles Pratt (October 2, 1830 – May 4, 1891) was an American businessman and philanthropist.Pratt was a pioneer of the U.S. petroleum industry, and established his kerosene refinery Astral Oil Works ...
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John D. Rockefeller
John Davison Rockefeller Sr. (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry and wa...
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James C. Donnell
James C Donnell (April 20, 1854 - January 10, 1927) was an American industrialist. He was the president of The Ohio Oil Company from 1911 until his death in 1927.
James C Donnell was born on April...
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Godfrey M. Hyams
Godfrey M. Hyams (1859–1927) was an American metallurgist, civil engineer, financier, and philanthropist.
Hyams was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His family moved to Boston, Massachusetts while he...
Henry Huttleston Rogers
Henry Huttleston Rogers (January 29, 1840 – May 19, 1909) was an American industrialist and financier. He made his fortune in the oil refinery business, becoming a leader at Standard Oil.
He...
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James Miller Williams
James Miller Williams (September 14, 1818 – November 25, 1890) was a businessman and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented Hamilton in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1867...
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William Knox D'Arcy
William Knox D'Arcy (11 October 1849 – 1 May 1917) was one of the principal founders of the oil and petrochemical industry in Persia (Iran).
He was born in Newton Abbot, England, the son of a soli...
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Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a philanthropic organization and private foundation based at 420 Fifth Avenue, New York City. The preeminent institution established by the six-generation Rockefeller fam...
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Abraham Pineo Gesner
Abraham Pineo Gesner (/ˈɡɛsnər/; May 2, 1797 – April 29, 1864) was a Canadian physician and geologist who invented kerosene. Although Ignacy Łukasiewicz developed the modern kerosene lamp, starting th...
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Charles Nelson Tripp
Charles Nelson Tripp (born Schenectady, New York, 1823 -- died New Orleans, 30 September 1866) was a pioneering geologist and bitumen businessman in Ontario.Charles Tripp and his brother, Henry Tripp,...
Oliver Burr Jennings
Oliver Burr Jennings (June 3, 1825 — February 12, 1893) was an American businessman and one of the original stockholders in Standard Oil.
Jennings was born in 1825 in Fairfield, Connecticut to Abr...
Benjamin Brewster (financier)
Benjamin Brewster (June 30, 1828 – August 23, 1897) was an American industrialist, financier, and one of the original trustees of Standard Oil.
Brewster was born in 1828 in Norwich, Connecti...
Calouste Gulbenkian
Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (/kæˈluːst ˈsɑrkɨz ɡʊlˈbɛŋkiən/, Western Armenian: Գալուստ Սարգիս Կիւլպէնկեան; 23 March 1869 – 20 July 1955) was a British businessman and philanthropist of Armenian origin....
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South Improvement Company
The South Improvement Company was a Pennsylvania corporation in 1871-1872. It was created by major railroad interests, but was widely seen as part of John D. Rockefeller's early efforts to organize an...
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John Barneson
Captain John Barneson was one of the most important figures in commerce and development on the Pacific Coast of California. He was responsible for the first oil pipeline in the State of California and...
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Jonathan Greenleaf Eveleth
Jonathan Greenleaf Eveleth (May 8, 1821 – December 10, 1861) founded the first oil company in America with George Bissell in 1854. Partners in the Wall Street law firm of Eveleth & Bissell,...
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Edwin Drake
Edwin Laurentine Drake (March 29, 1819 – November 9, 1880), also known as Colonel Drake, was an American oil driller, popularly credited with being the first to drill for oil in the United State...
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Kykuit
Kykuit (/ˈkaɪkʌt/ KEYE-kut), known also as the John D. Rockefeller Estate, is a 40-room National Trust house in Westchester County, New York, built by order of oil tycoon, capitalist and Rockefeller f...
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Wallace Hardison
Wallace Libby Hardison (26 August 1850 – 10 April 1909) was one of the founders of Union Oil.Hardison was born in Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, the youngest of eleven children. He followed his bro...
Jabez A. Bostwick
Jabez Abel Bostwick (September 23, 1830 – August 16, 1892) was an American businessman who was a founding partner of Standard Oil.
Born in Delhi, New York, while still a boy his family moved to a ...
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George Bissell (industrialist)
George Henry Bissell (November 8, 1821 – November 19, 1884) is often considered the father of the American oil industry. He was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, the son of Isaac Bissell and Nancy Wempl...
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Marcus Samuel, 1st Viscount Bearsted
Marcus Samuel, 1st Viscount Bearsted JP (5 November 1853 – 17 January 1927), known as Sir Marcus Samuel, Bt between 1903 and 1921 and subsequently as The Lord Bearsted until 1925, was the founder of t...