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Andrew Carnegie

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie

Profession: Industrialist and Philanthropist

United States of America

Why Famous: Led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. Also a high profile philanthropist, he gave away almost 90 percent of his fortune to charities and foundations. His life has often been referred to as a true "rags to riches" story.

Born: November 25, 1835
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Scotland
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: August 11, 1919 (aged 83)
Cause of Death: Bronchial pneumonia

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Married Life

  • 1887-04-22 Business magnate Andrew Carnegie (51) weds Louise Whitfield (30) in NYC, New York

Historical Events

  • 1904-03-12 Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund
  • 1904-05-11 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
  • 1911-11-10 Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corporation for scholarly and charitable works

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