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John D Rockefeller was born July 8 1839 in a small house in Richford New York He moved to Moravia New York and then to Owego in 1851 where he attended Owego academy His family then moved to Strongsville a suburb in Cleveland There he went to Clevelands Central High School and then went to Folsoms Commercial College There he took a ten-week business course and studied bookkeeping Rockefeller was well-behaved and serious boy He was described as reserved earnest religious methodical and discreet He was an excellent debater and expressed himself precisely He also had a deep love of music and pursued of a possible career He was very good with numbers and detailed accounting In 1855 at age 16 Rockefeller got his first job as an assistant bookkeeper for a small produce commission firm Called Hewitt and Tuttle He worked long hours and was delighted He was very skilled at calculating transportation costs In the first three months he worked there he obtained 50 which is approximately 50 cents a day Rockefeller reportedly said at a young age he wanted to make 100000 and to live 100 years In 1859 he went into the produce commission business with a partner named Maurice B Clark by raising 4000 in capital They then begin to work in the oil business by building an oil refinery near a riverbank in Cleveland which was a Flourishing industrial area The refinery was actually owned by Andrews Clark and Company which was composed of Clark and Rockefeller chemist Samuel Andrews and Clarks two brothers Rockefeller gave money to the Union cause since his brother frank was in the American Civil War Rockefeller eventually bought out The Clark brothers Firm for 72500 at auction and established the firm Rockefeller Andrews Rockefeller was in a good position to take advantage of the post-war prosperity since the growth of railroads and oil fueled economy and the expansion of the west
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