The Legacy Of John Rockefeller Essays

1944 Words Jan 14th, 2015 8 Pages
Have you ever stopped and wondered how our the industry came to be? The oil industry today, would not be where it is today without the influence of John D. Rockefeller. John Rockefeller was an American business man from the nineteenth century. Rockefeller quickly became one of the richest men in America. John Rockefeller’s legacy as the richest man in the oil industry is still with us today. As a young boy, John Rockefeller was a typical American boy that was interested in business. Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839, on a farm in Richford, New York, to William and Eliza Rockefeller (“John D. Rockefeller, 1839-1937”). As a young boy Rockefeller always showed more interest in business than doing farmwork, and started his business career at a young age of seven. His first business was selling wild turkeys to the market after fattening them up. Selling candy by retail price to his brothers and sisters was another way Rockefeller did business. Selling goods was not the young boy’s only way to make money, Rockefeller decided that he was also going to work on one of his neighbor’s farm. Growing up John Rockefeller learned numerous lessons about business from the many different people. From the farmer he worked for as a young boy he learned about personal finance, borrowing money, and how interest works. From his father, otherwise known as Big Bill, taught him that cheating your boys will make them sharp traders. He also learned how to make a note for lending…

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