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Essay written by aliciareaganneotamueduA man of Scotland a distinguished citizen of the United States and a philanthropist devoted to the betterment of the world around him Andrew Carnegie became famous at the turn of the twentieth century and became a real life rags to riches story Born in Dunfermline Scotland on November 25 1835 Andrew Carnegie entered the world in poverty The son of a hand weaver Carnegie received his only formal education during the short time between his birth and his move to the United States When steam machinery for weaving came into use Carnegies father sold his looms and household goods sailing to America with his wife and two sons At this time Andrew was twelve and his brother Thomas was five Arriving into New York on August 14 1848 aboard the Wiscasset from Glasgow the Carnegies wasted little time settling in Allegheny City Pennsylvania a suburb of Pittsburgh where relatives already existed and were there to provide help Allegheny City provided Carnegies first job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory working for 120 a week His father also worked there while his mother bound shoes at home making a miniscule amount of money Although the Carnegies lacked in money they abounded in ideals and training for their children At age 15 Carnegie became a telegraph messenger boy in Pittsburgh He learned to send and decipher telegraphic messages and became a telegraph operator at the age of 17 Carnegies next job was as a railroad clerk working for the Pennsylvania Railroad He worked his way up the ladder through his dedication and honest desire to succeed to become train dispatcher and then division manager At this time young Carnegie age 24 had already made some small investments that laid the foundations of his what would be tremendous fortune One of these investments was the purchase of stock in the Woodruff Sleeping Car Company In 1864 Carnegie entered the iron business but
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