John D. The Founding Father of the Rockefellers
David E. Hawke. John D. The founding father of the Rockefellers
In this small book, the author traces the rise of John D. Rockefeller from his birth in 1839 through the dissolution of his beloved creation, the Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), by the United States Supreme Court in 1911. The book is well written and easy to read, and it offers many interesting insights into the character, work habits, and personality of Rockefeller, traits revealed in his performance as a student in Central High School and Folsom's Commercial College of Cleveland, in his devotion to the Baptist church, and in his relationships with members of his immediate family and his associates in the Standard Oil Company. The book is based largely on the Rockefeller papers in the Rockefeller Archive Center. The material is substantially the same as that used by Allan Nevins in writing his two biographies of Rockefeller. Even so, the author has drawn heavily on many other secondary accounts. The book is well documented, but an unusual method of footnoting is used. In the text, the footnotes are not numbered, but in the notes, the footnotes are numbered consecutively by pages. --PAUL H. GIDDENS
Harper & Row
John D. Rockefeller, biography, Rockefeller family
Hawke, David F., "John D. The Founding Father of the Rockefellers" (1980). The Rockefellers. 44.