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John Davison Rockefeller (1839–1937), 7th cousin 4x removed

John D. Rockefeller (photo taken 1885)

John Davison Rockefeller was an American oil industrialist, investor, and philanthropist.  In 1870, he founded the Standard Oil Company and aggressively ran it until he officially retired in 1897.  The company dominated the oil industry and was the first great U.S. business trust.  Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy.  Standard Oil began as an Ohio partnership formed by John D. Rockefeller, his brother William Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, Jabez Bostwick, chemist Samuel Andrews, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness.  As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, Rockefeller’s wealth soared, and he became the world’s richest man and first American worth more than a billion dollars.  Adjusting for inflation, he is often regarded as the richest person in history.  Rockefeller spent the last 40 years of his life in retirement.  His fortune was mainly used to create the modern systematic approach of targeted philanthropy with foundations that had a major effect on medicine, education, and scientific research.  His foundations pioneered the development of medical research, and were instrumental in the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever.  He is also the founder of both the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University.

 

John Davison Rockefeller Sr. (1839 – 1937), 6th cousin 4x removed – William Avery Rockefeller (1810 – 1906) – Lucy Avery (1786 – 1867) – Miles Avery (1760 – 1850) – Solomon Avery (1729 – 1798) – Humphrey Avery (1699 – 1788) – Susannah Palmes (1665 – 1747) – Anne Humphrey (1625 – 1693) – Hannah Myles (1669 – 1742) – Sampson Mason (1700 – 1731) – Hannah Mason (1728 – 1798) – Reuben Baker (1758 – 1811) – Lydia Baker (1788 – 1851) – Fayette B Hamlin (1812 – 1866) – Henry Fayette Hamlin (1834 – 1901) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

 

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John Davison Rockefeller Sr. (1839 – 1937), 7th cousin 3x removed – William Avery Rockefeller (1810 – 1906) – Lucy Avery (1786 – 1867) – Miles Avery (1760 – 1850) – Hannah Punderson (1733 – 1775) – Hannah Miner (1712 – 1792) – Ephraim Miner (1668 – 1740) – Ephraim Miner (1642 – 1724) – Grace Palmer (1612 – 1690) – Manassah Minor (1647 – 1728) – Elnathan Minor (1673 – 1756) – Manasseh Minor (1695 – 1750) – Lucretia Minor (1733 – 1821) – Manasseh Minor York (1769 – 1830) – Lucretia York (1814 – 1887) – Henry Fayette Hamlin (1834 – 1901) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

 

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