Thomas Morrison Carnegie, Sr.

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Thomas Morrison Carnegie, Sr.

Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, UK
Death: October 19, 1886 (43)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Saint Marys, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Carnegie and Margaret Carnegie (Morrison)
Husband of Lucy Carnegie
Father of William Coleman Carnegie; Frank Morrison Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie, II; Margaret Ricketson; Thomas Morrison "Morris" Carnegie, Jr. and 4 others
Brother of Andrew Carnegie and Anne Carnegie

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About Thomas Morrison Carnegie, Sr.

Thomas Morrison Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland across theFirth of Fourth Bridge from Edinburgh Oct. 2. 1843 and immigrated tothis country in 1848 with his mother, father and brother Andrew. Thomaswas first employed when but 16 years old in the telegraphic Dept. of thePennsylvania Railroad Co., where his brother Andrew, who had beenpreviously employed as an operator by Mr. Thomas A. Scott. Tom remianedat the Railroad until 1860 when he went into partnership with AndrewKloman, Henry Phipps and others and formed the firma of Kloman andPhipps, operating the mill now known as the Twenty-ninth Street Works ofCarnegie, Phipps and Co. This firm afterwards united with the CyclopsIron Co. of which Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Miller were the principalstockholders under the firm name of The Union Works.

In 1865 the firm purchased the Cyclops Mill at 33rd St., and bothconcerns were consolidated under the title of Union Iron Mills. In 1871the first Lucy furnace was built and put in blast in 1872. This, with theIsabella Furnace build by other parties about the same time, marked thebeginning of the new era in coke furnace practice which eventuated in themagnificent furnaces of the Edgar Thompson Stell Works, and in theincreased production of coke furnaces all over the country. In 1873 withsome other capitalists, they established the Edgar Thompson Steel Worksunder the firm name of Carnegie, McCandless and Co., Ltd, with Thomas M.Carnegie as chairman. The other manufacturing interests in which Mr.Carnegie, his brother, Andrew, and Mr. Phipps were concerned, includingthe Pittsburgh Bessemer Steel Works, were also consolidated under thetitle of Carnegie, Phipps and Co., Ltd. Mr Carnegie was one of the boardmanagers.

Of Thomas Carnegie's traits of character, it was said "Mr. Carnegie was aman of most remarkable mental endowments of a different class from thoseof his brother, Andrew, who is better known, but in their businesstransactions they were the perfect complement of each other. He was a manof most extraordinary and exact memory, and a profound student ofmetaphysical subjects. As a student he was thoroughly versed in thevarious systems of logic, and had the best thought of Mills, Hamilton andother great thinkers at his fingers' ends. He had a remarkable judgementand fine reasoning power. His opinion on schemes of magnitude in thebusiness world was sought after, and when any measure met with hisapproval it was almost invariably consumated. He preeminently apeacemaker, and always ready to unravel a tangled skein in businessaffairs, and in these he was quick and keen in his perceptions andperfectly just in his judgement. " No man was heard to say an unkind wordof Thomas M. Carnegie. Though a large employer of labor, he had theconfidence and respect of those connected with the various works in whichhe was interested.

Thomas met his wife, Lucy Coleman, through her father, William Coleman,who was in the coal business and did business with the Carnegie boys.They were married in June, 1866 and lived in Pittsburgh where their ninechildren, William, frank, Andrew II, Margaret, Thomas, George, Florence,Coleman, and Nancy were born.

In 1881 Thomas purchased the Dunginess estate on Cumberland Island froman ex-confederate general, W.G.M. Davis, as a gift to his wife andchildren. In just five years he died of pneumonia at age 43.

Source: "The Carnegies & Cumberland Island" by Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller.


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Thomas Morrison Carnegie, Sr.'s Timeline

October 2, 1843
Dunfermline, Fife, UK
June 1, 1870
January 6, 1874
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 6, 1876
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 19, 1878
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States