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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.
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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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Rock•e•fel•ler(ˈrɒk əˌfɛl ər)
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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