Andrew Carnegie : An Obscure Dream Seeker From Scotland

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Andrew Carnegie was a multimillionaire tycoon who, along with the likes of John Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, is ranked highly in the pantheon of American industrialists. He innovated and perfected the process of “horizontal integration” in industry and made a fortune selling his massively successful Carnegie Steel Corporation at the turn of the 20th century. However, there is more that paints the picture of this man’s success than his industrial pursuits. His origins as an obscure dream seeker from Scotland are what make his rise to fame and fortune all the more endearing. Carnegie is also still celebrated for the millions of dollars he channeled into philanthropic pursuits and the charitable organizations he contributed to. This is why this poor Scottish immigrant who came to America over 150 years ago and built America’s steel foundations (literally) should be nominated for the “American Dream Award.” The world for immigrants in 1835 was hugely different from the world faced today in regards to travel. Emigrating your home land for the United States was a lengthy, and at t...

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