He had an elder sister named Lucy and four younger siblings; William Jr. His father was of English and German descent, while his mother was of Scots-Irish descent. Bill was first a lumberman and then a traveling salesman who identified himself as a "botanic physician" who sold elixirs.
He was gone for months at a time traveling around the West from town to town and would return to wherever the family was living with substantial sums of cash. His mother, Eliza Davison Rockefeller, was very religious and very disciplined. She taught John to work, to save, and to give to charities.
When the farmer paid him back with interest the next year Rockefeller was impressed and said of it in In other subjects Rockefeller was an average student but the quality of the education was very high.
Inthe Rockefellers moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and John attended high school from to He was very good at math and was on the debating team. The school encouraged public speaking and even though Rockefeller was only average, it was a skill that would prove to useful to him.
From his father he had learned how to draw up notes and other business papers. His father was very meticulous in matters of business and believed in the sacredness of contracts. In August ofat the age of 16, Rockefeller began looking for work in Cleveland as a bookkeeper or clerk.
Business was bad in Cleveland at the time and Rockefeller had problems finding a job. He was always neatly dressed in a dark suit and black tie. Cleveland was not a large city in and Rockefeller could easily visit every business in under a week's time. He returned to many businesses three times.
Rockefeller soon impressed his employers with his seriousness and diligence. He was very exacting and scrupulously honest. For example, he would not write out a false bill of lading under any circumstances. He went to great lengths to collect overdue accounts.
He was pleasant, persistent, and patient, and he got the company's money from the delinquents. For all this work, he was not well paid. But whatever he was paid, he always gave to his church and local charities.
He arranged complicated transportation deals that typically involved moving a single shipment of freight by railroad, canal, and lake boats. He began to engage in trading ventures on his own account. He was naturally cautious and only undertook a business venture when he calculated that it would be successful.
After he carefully weighed a course of action, he would then act quickly and boldly to see it through to fruition.
He had iron nerves and would carry through very complicated deals without hesitation. This combination of caution, precision, and resolve soon brought him attention and respect in the broader business community in Cleveland.
Grain prices went up and so did their commissions. Rockefeller's style was very precise and calculated. He was not a gambler but a planner. He avoided speculation and refused to make advances or loans. Rockefeller was extremely hard working. He traveled extensively, drumming up business throughout Ohio, and then would go to the banks and borrow large sums of money to handle the shipments.
This aggressive style built the business up every year. However, by the early s, Rockefeller realized that the future of the commission merchant business in Cleveland was going to be limited. He had become convinced that the railroads were going to become the primary means of transportation for agricultural commodities.
This would be to the disadvantage of Cleveland, because its position as an important Lake Erie port was its primary transportation advantage. He saw that the rising grain output of the Midwest and the Northwest of J.
Hill would change the nature of the business for good. The huge elevators on Lake Michigan and the flour-millers of Minneapolis would be the dominant players in the business.The best book I know about John D.
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He carefully analyzes the man, his personnality and the operation of . John D. Rockefeller (July 8, - May 23, ) still ranks as one of the richest men in modern times.
Rockefeller is one of the great figures of . John D. Rockefeller was born July 8, , in Richford, New York, about midway between Binghamton and Ithaca. His father, William Avery Rockefeller, was a "pitch man" — a "doctor" who claimed he. The Epic Rise of John D.
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Born into modest circumstances in upstate New York, he. John Davison Rockefeller Jr. (January 29, – May 11, ) was an American financier and philanthropist who was a prominent member of the Rockefeller mtb15.com was the only son among the five children of Standard Oil co-founder John D.
Rockefeller and the father of the five famous Rockefeller brothers. In biographies, he is commonly .