July 6, 2021
Before Becoming An Oil Magnate
At 16, he worked as an assistant bookkeeper, and at 20, he entered business partnerships. He was an abolitionist and in 1860, he voted for Abraham Lincoln. In Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, 10,000 of the 50,000 men joined the Union army, but Rockefeller did not. His younger brother was injured, and because of his father’s behavior, he was the primary support for his mother and younger siblings. He had started a shipping business before the war broke out, and if he had joined the fighting, the business would have failed, leaving the family in poverty. The war pushed the shipping of crops from the Midwest to the East, and Rockefeller profited from this. With the profits from his business, at the age of 23, he started to look towards other opportunities. He focused on oil refining.