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John D Rockefeller John Davison Rockefeller July 8 1839 - May 23 1937 was the guiding force behind the creation and development of the Standard Oil Company which grew to dominate the oil industry and became one of the first big trusts in the United States thus engendering much controversy and opposition regarding its business practices and form of organization Rockefeller also was one of the first major philanthropists in the US establishing several important foundations and donating a total of 540 million to charitable purposes Rockefeller was born on farm at Richford in Tioga County New York on July 8 1839 the second of the six children of William A and Eliza Davison Rockefeller The family lived in modest circumstances When he was a boy the family moved to Moravia and later to Owego New York before going west to Ohio in 1853 The Rockefellers bought a house in Strongsville near Cleveland and John entered Central High School in Cleveland While he was a student he rented a room in the city and joined the Erie Street Baptist Church this later became the Euclid Avenue Baptist Church Active in its affairs he became a trustee of the church at the age of 21 He left high school in 1855 to take a business course at Folsom Mercantile College He completed the six-month course in three months and after looking for a job for six weeks was employed as assistant bookkeeper by Hewitt Tuttle a small firm of commission merchants and produce shippers Rockefeller was not paid until after he had worked there three months when Hewitt gave him 50 357 a week and told him that his salary was being increased to 25 a month A few months later he became the cashier and bookkeeper In 1859 with 1000 he had saved and another 1000 borrowed from his father Rockefeller formed a partnership in the commission business
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