Henry Clay Frick

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Henry Clay Frick (December 19, 1849 – December 2, 1919) was an American industrialist, financier, and art patron. He founded the H. C. Frick & Company coke manufacturing company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant U.S. Steel manufacturing concern. He also financed the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Company,[citation needed] and had extensive real estate holdings in Pittsburgh and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He later built the historic neoclassical Frick Mansion (now a landmark building in Manhattan), and upon his death donated his extensive collection of old master paintings and fine furniture to create the celebrated Frick Collection and art museum. However, as a founding member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, he was also in large part responsible for the alterations to the South Fork Dam that caused its failure, leading to the catastrophic Johnstown Flood. His vehement opposition to unions also caused violent conflict, most notably in the Homestead Strike.

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Henry Clay Frick
Born(1849-12-19)December 19, 1849
DiedDecember 2, 1919(1919-12-02) (aged 69)
New York City, United States
Resting placeHomewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
EducationOtterbein University (did not graduate)
Occupation(s)Industrialist and art collector
Known forStrikebreaking, Frick Collection, Johnstown Flood
SpouseAdelaide Childs Frick (18591931)
ChildrenChilds Frick, Martha Frick, Helen Clay Frick, Henry Clay Frick Jr.