"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? you are crazy."
Edwin Laurentine Drake (March 29, 1819 – November 9, 1880), also known as Colonel Drake, was the first American to successfully drill for oil. Though he drilled only three oil wells in his lifetime, Edwin Drake is known as the "Father of the Petroleum Industry" because the technology he devised to drill the first commercial oil well in the United States revolutionized how crude oil was produced and launched the large-scale petroleum industry.