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American family, including John Davison (1839-1937), an oil magnate who amassed great wealth through the Standard Oil Company and spent about half of his fortune on philanthropic works. His son, John Davison, Jr. (1874-1960), continued his father's work and had six children, including Nelson Aldrich (1908-1979), who was governor of New York (1959-1973) and vice president of the United States (1974-1977) under Gerald Ford.


1. (Biography) John D(avison). 1839–1937, US industrialist and philanthropist
2. (Biography) his son, John D(avison). 1874–1960, US capitalist and philanthropist
3. (Biography) his son, Nelson (Aldrich). 1908–79, US politician; governor of New York State (1958–74); vice president (1974–76)


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1. John D(avison), 1839–1937, and his son John D(avison), Jr., 1874–1960, U.S. oil magnates and philanthropists.
2. Nelson A(ldrich), 1908–79, vice president of the U.S. 1974–77 (son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.).
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Noun1.Rockefeller - United States industrialist who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half of it away (1839-1937)Rockefeller - United States industrialist who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half of it away (1839-1937)
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Rockefeller began as a member of the proletariat, and through thrift and cunning succeeded in developing the first perfect trust, namely that known as Standard Oil.
Here, then, were these enormous sums in cash pouring in--more than $2,000,000 a month for John Davison Rockefeller alone.
Rockefeller was moved almost to tears; eight millions which he had thought taken care of for years to come at a good interest were suddenly dumped upon his doorstep and there set up a-squawking for a new home.
The Rockefeller bank--the National City Bank--is by itself far and away the biggest bank in the United States.
Rockefeller owns Standard Oil stock worth between four and five hundred millions at the market quotations.
The first conspicuous excursion and incursion of the Rockefellers was into the railway field.
The Rockefellers went into mines--iron and coal and copper and lead; into other industrial companies; into street railways, into national, state, and municipal bonds; into steamships and steamboats and telegraphy; into real estate, into skyscrapers and residences and hotels and business blocks; into life insurance, into banking.
Mind you, if my letters lead to anything it will probably be a situation as an earnest bill-clerk or an effervescent office-boy, for Rockefeller and Carnegie and that lot have swiped all the soft jobs.
He wasn't any Rockefeller,' put in Master Leo, in a very low tone, which reminded me of the way in which Mrs.
Rockefeller, who more than once has been generous to Tuskegee, without being reminded of this.
There have been no Vanderbilts in it, no Astors, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Harrimans.
Brennan is the first independent director named to the board since Rockefeller Capital Management's recent launch.