John Davison Rockefeller: Well-Known American Entrepreneur

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John Davison Rockefeller the well-known American entrepreneur was born July 8, 1839, in Richford, New York. His first oil refinery was assembled in 1870 starting the later multi-million company brand “standard oil.” It was built near Cleveland because of the many oil hotspots. It wasn’t long until his business grew wealthier, by 1882 he had a near-monopoly of the oil business in the U.S., however some of the ways he ran his business led to the passing of antitrust laws. Rockefeller devoted himself to philanthropy late in his life. He died in 1937. In his early years, he was he lived with his sibling’s, his mother Eliza Davison, and rarely with his father William Rockefeller Sr. because he frequently left to endorse his businesses’ …show more content…
At the close of the company 's first year in business, it had gained $450,000. Rockefeller was a cautious and intellectual businessman who held back the idea of taking any unnecessary risks, Rockefeller detected an opportunity in the oil business in the early 1860s. His reasoning for his sudden interest for the oil business was the recent increase of oil production western Pennsylvania, Rockefeller then decided to turn his attention full-time to the oil business.

In 1870, Rockefeller and his associates combined the Standard Oil Company, which immediately was a success, thanks to Rockefeller’s drive to modernize the company’s processes and keep margins high. With success came achievements, Rockefeller used integration or by buying out Standard oil’s competitors. Rockefeller didn’t take long to control the majority of the refineries in the Cleveland area within two years. Standard oil then used its size and in the region to make favorable deals with railroads to ship its oil specifically with Vander built the king of the
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However with such a dominating attitude being contributed in the oil industry, the public and the U.S. Congress took notice of Standard oil’s seemingly persistent hierarchy. For the public good. Congress created the Sherman antitrust Act in 1890, a byproduct of the Antitrust Act made Ohio Supreme Court deem Standard oil a monopoly and a violation of Ohio

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