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  • Stephen Girard (1750 - 1831)
    Stephen Girard (May 20, 1750 – December 26, 1831; born Étienne Girard) was a French-born, naturalized American, philanthropist and banker. He personally saved the U.S. government from financial collaps...
  • Alexander Turney Stewart (1803 - 1876)
    Alexander Turney Stewart (October 12, 1803 – April 10, 1876) was a successful Irish entrepreneur who made his multimillion-dollar fortune in what was at the time the most extensive and lucrative dry go...
  • John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839 - 1937)
    John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. (July 8, 1839 –May 23, 1937) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern phil...
  • Friedrich Weyerhaeuser (1834 - 1914)
    Friedrich (Frederick) Weyerhäuser (November 21, 1834 in Nieder-Saulheim, Rhenish Hesse – April 4, 1914 in Pasadena, California), also spelt Weyerhaeuser, was a German-American timber mogul and founder ...
  • Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919)
    Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, and entrepreneur who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. His Carnegie Steel Company...

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