Rockefeller is Born July 8, 1839- John D. Rockefeller is born in Richford, New York to William and Eliza Rockefeller.
Childhood 1849- Father moves the family to Owego, New York, following allegations of rape.
Schooling 1855- John D. Rockefeller drops out of high school and enters a professional school.
“Job Day” September 26, 1855- John D. Rockefeller gets his first job, he would celebrate this day for rest of his life.
Civil War 1861- Civil War begins, at first hurt the oil industry but eventually would make Rockefeller a very rich man.
The Start of Oil 1863- Rockefeller gets into the oil business starts out in Cleveland, Ohio.
Marriage September 8, 1864- John D. Rockefeller marries Laura Celestia Spelman.
Rockefeller becomes a Father 1865- Laura gives birth to John’s first son. John D. Rockefeller owns the largest refinery in Cleveland.
The Largest Corporation 1870- Rockefeller founds Standard Oil of Ohio which is the largest corporation in America.
Scandal 1872- Rockefeller is tainted by the scandal surrounding the South Improvement Company scheme, a secret alliance between major refiners and the railroads.
The Beginning of a Monopoly 1873- A Depression hits the United States but Standard Oil takes advantage and takes over companies in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, and Pennsylvania's Oil Region.
Oil Refineries 1977- Rockefeller at age 38 owns about 90% of all the oil refined in the United States.
Efficiency 1882- Standard Oil makes its business more efficient and therefore undersells all of its competitors.
Globalization Mid 1880’s- Standard Oil starts to sell Globally, and eventually sells more to other countries than they do the United States.
1888- John D. Rockefeller has to go to the stand and gives his testimony after an investigation has been done on Standard Oil.
Retirement 1895- Rockefeller decides to retire from Standard Oil gradually and didn’t want people to know about it.
A True Monopoly 1890’s- Standard Oil has taken over everything and has no competition.
The President 1906-1907- Theodore Roosevelt attacks Standard Oil and Rockefeller. The U.S. government has lawsuits against Standard Oil and its monopoly.
The Fall of Standard Oil 1911- The United States calls for Standard Oil to be dismantled within six months.
Giving Back 1913- Rockefellers makes a foundation "to promote the wellbeing of mankind throughout the world."
The Death of the Oil Tycoon 1937- Rockefeller dies at the age of 97, three years short of his goal.
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