Andrew Carnegie

American businessman and philanthropist (1835–1919) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Andrew Carnegie (Scots: [kɑrˈnɛːɡi], English: /kɑːrˈnɛɡi/ kar-NEG-ee;[2][3][note 1] November 25, 1835  August 11, 1919) was a Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and became one of the richest Americans in history.[5] He became a leading philanthropist in the United States, Great Britain, and the British Empire. During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away around $350 million (roughly $5.5 billion in 2021),[6] almost 90 percent of his fortune, to charities, foundations and universities.[7] His 1889 article proclaiming "The Gospel of Wealth" called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, expressed support for progressive taxation and an estate tax, and stimulated a wave of philanthropy.

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Andrew Carnegie
Carnegie in 1913
Born(1835-11-25)November 25, 1835
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
DiedAugust 11, 1919(1919-08-11) (aged 83)
Resting placeSleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s)Industrialist, Philanthropist
Known forFounding and leading the Carnegie Steel Company
Founding the Carnegie Library, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Hero Fund
Political partyRepublican[1]
(m. 1887)
ChildrenMargaret Carnegie Miller
Parent(s)William Carnegie
Margaret Morrison Carnegie
RelativesThomas M. Carnegie (brother) George Lauder (first cousin) George Lauder Sr. (uncle)
Carnegie as he appears in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, and emigrated to Pittsburgh with his parents in 1848 at age 12. Carnegie started work as a telegrapher, and by the 1860s had investments in railroads, railroad sleeping cars, bridges, and oil derricks. He accumulated further wealth as a bond salesman, raising money for American enterprise in Europe. He built Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company, which he sold to J. P. Morgan in 1901 for $303,450,000 (equal to $9,883,973,400 today);[8] it formed the basis of the U.S. Steel Corporation. After selling Carnegie Steel, he surpassed John D. Rockefeller as the richest American for the next several years.

Carnegie devoted the remainder of his life to large-scale philanthropy, with special emphasis on building local libraries, world peace, education, and scientific research. He funded Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Peace Palace in the Netherlands, founded the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Carnegie Hero Fund, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, among others.