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John D Rockefeller During the late 1800s and early 1900s the oil industry was a monopoly that was created by one man Some people would describe this man as a ruthless cruel cutthroat business tycoon This man was John Davison Rockefeller John D Rockefeller made the Standard Oil Company becoming Americas first billionaire and then gave away more than half his fortune to charities John Rockefeller was a dedicated businessman who built himself an empire from nothing and helped others with his generous donations His business ended up helping smaller businesses because of the new laws and restrictions that needed to be created in order for the US government to have a handle on the Standard Oil Company John D Rockefeller changed the oil industry created and greatly contributed to many charities in America Rockefeller was born on July 8 1839 in Richford New York JDR JDR Page np He married Laura C Spelman 1839-1915 on September 8 1864 Rockefeller Family and Associates np His mother Eliza Davison Rockefeller was very religious and disciplined she was the person who taught him to work hard save and give to charities JDR JDR Page np Rockefellers mother had the biggest influence on him involving his religion and philanthropy John D Rockefellers father William Avery Rockefeller was a pitch man or a doctor that says he can cure cancers for a fee JDR JDR Page np John and Laura Rockefeller had four girls and one boy Rockefeller Family and Associates np The one boy they did have John Davison Rockefeller Jr 1874-1960 went on to continue his fathers work and make the Rockefeller name a well-liked one instead of one that was a bitter reminder of his fathers business techniques Rockefeller Family and Associates np John D Rockefeller died on May 23 1937 in Ormond Florida after retiring from the oil industry in 1911 JDR Encyclopedia of World Biography Vol 13 228 Rockefeller attended Folsoms Commercial College
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