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New Millionaires In 1865 America was a young country trying to repair damages from a war it had fought with itself Badly damaged and unaware of what to do the promise of our once thriving country was not looking good The economy was bad as states struggled to replace crops they had destroyed and find jobs for the men who had fought in the war Many were hurt and unable to work and others were mentally scarred from fighting their own countrymen sometimes their own family members Things were not bad for everyone though There were those who knew things could only get better those who had ideas of prosperity even in these hard times Some of these men were even able to earn millions of dollars during a time of hardship and pain Yes even when the countrys fate was undecided we had new millionaires John D Rockefeller John D Rockefeller was born on July 8 1839 His father William Avery Rockefeller was a con man who would often travel to upstate New York and pretend to be a doctor offering a cure for any kind of cancer for only 25 His father soon became a bigamist and began a new life as Doctor Levingston Although John was brought up in an odd environment he was a very responsible child As a child he kept what is now known as Ledger A an account of all the money he had as a child He would often make money by buying all the penny candies the wholesaler had and then selling them to the other children for two cents Though he was basically growing up without any direction from a father it was obvious he was going to be an intelligent man He began his professional life as an accountant Though he was successful he felt that he was missing something in his life He decided to follow his
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