Ida Tarbell
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Ida Minerva Tarbell (1857 - 1944)

Ida Minerva Tarbell
Born in Hatch Hollow, Amity Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Mother of [private child (1940s - unknown)]
Died at age 86 in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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Ida was a Journalist

Ida Tarbell was one of the first and most influential women in the history of journalism.

Ida was born on November 5th, 1857 in Hatch Hollow, Pennsylvania. She grew up with two brothers in a house in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

" A mind which really lays hold of a subject is not easily detached from it." - Ida Tarbell

Since she was quite bright, childhood education wasn't a problem for her. She attended Allegheny College She graduated from college in 1880 with a bachelors degree and got her masters in 1883.

In 1894 a magazine called "McClure's" hired her as a writer. Afterward she started her career in journalism.

One of her most famous works was started in 1902 and ended in 1904. Tarbell was assigned to investigate oil companies. She released a 657 page summary in 1904 named "History of Standard Oil Company". It probably her most famous works.

The result of this was a public attack against Standard Oil. Even before this, people disliked Standard Oil. In 1911 Standard Oil shut down due to the ruckus caused by the book.

Some of her other books include:

  • "Life of Abraham Lincoln" - 1900
  • "The Business of Being a Woman" - 1912
  • "The Ways of Women" - 1915
  • "Biography of Elbert H. Gary" - 1925
  • "Owen D. Young" - 1932

And many others.


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After Tarbell died in the January of 1944, people still give her credit today.

She is remember as one of the greatest journalists of her time period. In the year 2000, she was nominated into the National Women's Hall of Fame. And in 2002, she was put on a U.S. postage stamp.

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