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John Davison Rockefeller son of William and Eliza Rockefeller was born July 8 1839 in Richford New York about midway between Binghamton and Ithaca His father William was a Doctor who claimed he could cure cancers and charged up to 25 a treatment He was gone for months at a time traveling around the West from town to town and would return to wherever the family was living with substantial sums of cash His mother Eliza was very religious and very disciplined She taught JD to work save and to give to charities By the age of 12 he had saved over 50 from working for neighbors and raising some turkeys for his mother From 1852 Rockefeller attended Owego Academy in Owego New York where the family had moved in 1851 Rockefeller excelled at mental arithmetic and was able to solve difficult arithmetic problems in his head This was a talent that would be very useful to him throughout his business career In 1853 the Rockefellers move to Cleveland Ohio and John D attended high school from 1853-55 He was very good at math and was on the debating team This was schools that encouraged public speaking and even though JD was only average this would be a skill that would prove to be useful to him In the spring of 1855 Rockefeller spent 10 weeks at Folsoms Commercial College a chain College where he learned single and double-entry bookkeeping penmanship commercial history mercantile customs banking and exchange From his father he had learned how to draw up notes and other business papers His father was very meticulous in matters of business and believed in the sacredness of contracts he got a job as an assistant bookkeeper with Hewitt Tuttle commission merchants and produce shippers Rockefeller soon impressed his employers with his seriousness and diligence He was very exact carefully honest pleasant persistent and patient and he got the companys money from the
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