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A portrait of Milton S. Hershey c. 1910
He was born on September 13th, 1857 which was just a few years before the start of the American Civil War. 

Despite not continuing formal education beyond elementary school, Hershey went on to become one of the greatest American success stories.

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Henry Ford when he was about 25 years old in 1888

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A photo of Andrew Carnegie dated October 19th, 1912 when he was in his late 70s.

In the early 1900s Andrew Carnegie funded nearly 1,700 libraries in various cities and towns throughout the United States.

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American railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the wealthiest men in American history, controlled 13 railroad companies with lines that covered a vast area between New York and Chicago by the 1870s.

Did you know that he didn’t continue formal schooling beyond the age of 11?

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is named in his honor.

Image: Cornelius Vanderbilt in the 1860s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"I believe the power to make money is a gift of God … to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind.”

- John D. Rockefeller 

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“The first thing is character...before money or anything else. Money cannot buy it.… A man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom. I think that is the fundamental basis of business.”

- J.P. Morgan who was born on today’s date April 17th, 1837 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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"Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.”

- Walt Disney

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Henry Ford (passenger on the right) in a Ford Model N

c. 1906

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Walt Disney shows a drawing of Mickey Mouse to an attentive feline 

- 1931

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"I think no book is more stimulating than the history of a devoted and successful life.”

- Philadelphia born Frederick Winslow Taylor who advanced industry and manufacturing in America through his innovative management and engineering practices 

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Henry Ford fishing next to Thomas Edison and others c. 1921 

About 22 years earlier on August 15th, 1899 Ford ended his career at the Edison Illuminating company to concentrate on his motor car operations. 

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William H. Russell, one of the three founders of the parent company of The Pony Express

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On December 7th, 1863 co-founder of Sears, Roebuck & Company, Richard W. Sears was born in Stewartville, Minnesota.

Image: Sears at his desk in 1906 from Richard from USA CC BY SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
On today's date April 14th, 1902: James Cash Penney became an owner of a new Golden Rule Store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. A few years later the store moved to an adjacent corner building for expansion. In 1913, it became the very first J.C. Penney store.

http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/james-cash-penney-clerk-chain-store-tycoon

https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/walker/WAvisual1.htm

https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/walker/walker.htm

Photo: James Cash Penney circa 1902 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Henry Ford standing next to a Model T in Buffalo, New York

- 1921 

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Charles Scribner who founded the famous publishing company that is currently using the same name was born on February 21st, 1821 in New York City. 

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https://heartfelthistory.com/american-captains-of-industry/
George Eastman with Kodak #2 Camera on the S.S. Gallia 

- 1890

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Barnum & Bailey "Greatest Show on Earth” poster 

- 1897

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