American industrialist John D. Rockefeller was born July 8, 1839, in Richford, New York.
Unafraid of hard work, he embarked on a number of small-business ventures as a teenager, landing his first real office job at age 16, as an assistant bookkeeper with Hewitt & Tuttle
In 1870, Rockefeller and his associates incorporated the Standard Oil Company, which immediately prospered
Just nine years after the company broke itself into pieces, those pieces were again reassembled in a holding company. In 1911, however, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the new entity in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and illegal, and it was forced to dissolve.
once retired from the daily operations of running one of the world’s largest businesses (in 1895, at age 56), he kept himself busy with charitable endeavors, becoming one of the more respected philanthropists in history.
Rockefeller passed away on May 23, 1937, in Ormond Beach, Florida. His legacy, however, lives on.