John Davison  Rockefeller

John Davison Rockefeller

Male 1839 - 1937  (97 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 59 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Davison Rockefeller 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 8 Jul 1839  family farm, Richford, Tioga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 May 1937  Casements home, Osmond Beach, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I76596  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2003 

    Father William Avery Rockefeller,   b. 13 Nov 1810, Granger, Livingston County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1904  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Eliza Davison,   b. 12 Sep 1813, Nyles, Cayuga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1889, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1837  Niles, Cayuga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Family ID F31418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laura Celestia Spelman,   b. 9 Sep 1839, Wadsworth, Madison County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1915, Pocantico Hills, Westchester County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1864  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bessie Rockefeller,   b. 23 Aug 1866, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906  (Age 39 years)
     2. Alice Rockefeller,   b. 1869, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1870, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +3. Alta Rockefeller,   b. 12 Apr 1871, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1962  (Age 90 years)
     4. Edith Rockefeller,   b. 31 Aug 1872, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 59 years)
     5. John Davison Rockefeller, Jr.,   b. 29 Jan 1874, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2001 
    Family ID F31419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • educated in the public schools of Cleveland, Ohio. He became a bookkeeper in Cleveland at the age of 16. In 1862 he went into business with Samuel Andrews, the inventor of an inexpensive process for the refinement of crude petroleum. After rapid expansion, the firm was superseded in 1870 by the Standard Oil Co., organized by Rockefeller, his brother William (1841-1922), and several associates. In early 1872 Rockefeller helped form the South Improvement Co., an association of the largest oil refiners in Cleveland, arranging with the railroads for substantial rebates on shipments by members of the association. The arrangement was cancelled in three months, after popular protest, but most of Rockefeller's competitors in Cleveland had already been forced to sell out to his combine. By 1878 Rockefeller had control of 90 percent of the oil refineries in the U.S. and soon afterward a virtual monopoly of the marketing facilities. In 1882 Rockefeller formed the Standard Oil Trust.
      This, the first corporate trust, was declared an illegal monopoly and ordered dissolved by the Ohio Supreme Court in 1892, but actual dissolution was not effected until 1899. In that year, Rockefeller established the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, remaining its president until he retired in 1911. In 1911 the company was broken into separate corporations by an antitrust decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. At its peak, Rockefeller's personal fortune was estimated at almost $1 billion. The total amount of his philanthropic contributions was about $550 million. Some 80 percent of these funds was given to four charitable organizations founded by Rockefeller. These were the Rockefeller Foundation; the General Education Board; the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University); and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, established in 1918 and incorporated into the Rockefeller Foundation in 1929.
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    • First established in 1870, a new Standard Oil Trust was re-organized in 1882.
      Separate corporations were set up in each state. Each had its own board of directors with the stock of the various corporations controlled by trustees who issued dividend-bearing certificates of interest to the stockholders of Standard Oil of Ohio. The trustees controlled two-thirds of all the available shares.
      By 1907, four years before the court-ordered breakup, the largest shareholders were:
      John D. Rockefeller (248,000 shares),
      D. M. Harkness (80,000 share),
      Charles Pratt estate (52,000 shares),
      Oliver Payne (40,000 shares),
      Henry M. Flagler (30,000 shares),
      Henry H. Rogers (16,000 shares),
      Jabez Bostwick estate (15,000 shares),
      William A. Rockefeller (11,700 shares)
      Henry Morgan Tilford (6,000 shares),
      John D. Archbold (6,000 shares), and
      William G. Warden (5,800 shares).
    • New York Social Diary - Oil Swells: The Standard Oil Crowd in Palm Beach


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