Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

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  • Before Andrew Carnegie became the 2nd richest man in America, he started off as a Scottish immigrant ,in 1848, who began working at the age of 13 to support his family.
  • Eventually, both Andrew Carnegie and his father, William Carnegie, both found a job at a cotton mill. Andrew started as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill 12 hours a day, 6 days a week earning $2.00 a week ($58 today). 
  • Eventually, Carnegie ended up getting a job as a telegraph messenger boy in the Pittsburgh Office of the Ohio Telegraph Company. Carnegie had memorized alot of the information as a messenger boy to build connections and eventually, get promoted to operator. 
  • On December 1, 1859, at age 24, Andrew Carnegie became the superintendent of the Western Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Eventually, after learning about management in his previous job, Carnegie started a steel factory relating to railroads; iron, bridges, and rails. Carnegie had successfully made a fortune in the steel industry, controlling the most extensive integrated iron  and steel operations ever owned by an individual in the U.S.
  • Although Carnegie was known to be the 2nd wealthiest man in the U.S., he had given his fair share of money to charity. Carnegie had lived as a Philanthropist and had built as many as 3, 000 libraries across the U.S. and many other countries. Carnegie had donated $12 million dollars to start his own Institute of Technology. 
  • Andrew Carnegie died on August 11, 1911 of bronchial pneumonia. He had already given away over 300 million (76.9 billion today) dollars of his wealth. After his death, his last 30 million went to foundations, charities, and to pensioners. 
  • In 1892, The Homestead Strike was a bloody labor confrontation lasting 143 days. The conflict was centered on Carnegie's Steel's main plant and grew out of a labor dispute between the Amalgamated Association of Iron & Steel Workers  (AA) & the Carnegie Steel Company. 
  • Carnegie was one of the 50 members of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club which has been blamed for the Johnstown Flood that killed 2, 209 people in 1889. 
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