Rockefeller - Professor Beth Olson Pathways 104 Section 16...

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Professor Beth Olson Pathways 104 Section 16 Thursdays 11:00-12:15 October 16 th , 2007 The Titan The Rockefeller name is one that is greatly associated with wealth, power, and philanthropy. Yet, many individuals are unacquainted with the rationale behind this association and the benefits associated with such lessons. The novel entitled The Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. written by Ron Chernow describes how Rockefeller acquired both prosperity and generosity from a relatively simple upbringing, and through which a connection could be produced relating to how such would be beneficial for any college student. In order to understand Rockefeller’s evolution, some background information is necessary. He was the second of six children born to William Avery Rockefeller and Eliza Davison. His father, William, was a traveling salesman for a patent medicine that claimed to cure various types of cancer. Due to his professional responsibilities, he was often absent from his dwelling and it was up to his wife, Eliza, to maintain a semblance of stability. In his childhood, he was constantly forced to adapt to changes. As an adolescent, he lived in three different states and two countries within a period of two years. This constant change molded his flexible quality to amass and handle such a mammoth conglomerate. Rockefeller did not create such a powerful company overnight. He started out small and then made his fortune via hard-nosed and sometimes controversial business tactics, which some viewed as being entrepreneurially savvy while others saw it as a greedy fiend. He began in the
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