John Rockefeller Sr
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John Davison Rockefeller Sr (1839 - 1937)

John Davison Rockefeller Sr
Born in Richford, Tioga, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 1864 [location unknown]
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Died at age 97 in Ormond Beach, Volusia, Florida, United Statesmap
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"A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship." - John D. Rockefeller Sr.

John Davison Rockefeller was born July 8, 1839, in Richford, Tioga, New York, United States, to William Rockefeller and Eliza (Davison) Rockefeller.

Personality: John D. Rockefeller Sr. was known for being a very serious man, but around personal friends and family, they knew him as being a funny guy with a great sense of humor. Rockefeller knew that in his line of work all serious and playful acts have positive and negative reactions. And he knew how to handle all of this very well.

Influence: One of the main influences in his life came from a Baptist Preacher. When he was a little boy the preacher gave him advice. The advice was to make as much money as possible. Then give away as much money as possible. This led to Rockefeller's career as a philanthropist.

Philanthropy: Business was a big part of Rockefeller's life. But as big as that was, philanthropy was still as important to him if not more important. From the start, he gave 10% of his paycheck to his church. Later in his life he gave 80 million dollars to the University of Chicago. After he gave possibly his biggest donation of 250 million dollars to his own foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation. In total it is said that he had given away over 550 million dollars in his life.

John passed away May 23, 1937, in Ormond Beach, Volusia, Florida, United States and is buried in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, at Lake View Cemetery. [1]


  1. "Find a Grave," database with images, (Find A Grave: Memorial #886 : accessed 29 March 2024), Memorial page for John D. Rockefeller Sr. (8 Jul 1839-23 May 1937), citing Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA (plot: Section 10, Lot 49, Grave 38920); Maintained by Find a Grave.

See Also:

  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, (FamilySearch Record: M6K2-ZNG : accessed 29 March 2024) FamilySearch Image: S3HY-68F3-QNX, Entry for John Rockafellow and Laura C Rockafellow, 1870; citing Page: 5; Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Affiliate Publication Number: M593; Line: 1; Digital film/folder number: 004277718; FHL microfilm: 000552689; Image number: 9; Packet letter: A; Indexing batch: N01609-3.
  • The Rockefeller Archive Center, Virtual Family Tree

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posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
“The Cincinnati Enquirer”, Cincinnati, Ohio, (08 Feb 1930, Sat • Page 8)

CONNEAUT. — John C. Blood, 85, who was known as the oldest oil man in the world, died here Friday following a stroke of apoplexy, suffered Tuesday. He was named the oldest, oil man In the world at the Tulsa Petroleum Exposition and later received a medal from John D. Rockefeller.

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