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Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was the founder of the Carnegie Steel Company, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born in Scotland, but immigrated to the United States with his parents as a child. His leadership led to an enormous expansion of the steel industry during the late 1800s. He is regarded as the second-richest man in history, after John D. Rockefeller. In 2007 dollars, he had a net worth of $298.3 billion.

Good and harmEdit

Andrew Carnegie was considered a philanthropist. He used a large portion of his wealth to build libraries and otherwise used his wealth to improve education.

On the other hand, he was brutal to his workers, supposedly in the name of social Darwinism. He continually tried to destroy labor unions that his workers formed. In 1892, a militia was used against his workers, in order to destroy the union.

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