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Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American businessman, philanthropist and the founder of the Carnegie Steel Company . He is known for have given away most of his riches to fund the establishment of many libraries, schools, and universities.

In his youth, Andrew had a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory and later he worked as a steam engine operator. At fifteen he took a job as a messenger boy for a telegraph company. In his next job, at seventeen, he became a telegrapher, making$25 per month. Already at an early age, Andrew Carnegie is working hard for his money and becoming successful. After getting into railroads at 24 he was then called to Washington to help President Lincoln with the railroad transport of soldiers during the Civil War.

By the time of his death in 1919, he had given away $350,000,000 and help build over 2,500 libraries. He also, built libraries overseas in places like Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, and Fiji. One of his strongest beliefs was that education is life's key to success and libraries are the perfect place to educate yourself in.

Andrew Carnegie was hardly a scoundrel. He gave away hundreds of millions of dollars and help build thousands of libraries. The power and influence he had at the time is still effective today. He is prove that money can go a very long way, like almost two centuries long. To put it in different terms, "Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.'# His donations still have lasting power today.

Andrew Carnegie like a few select others are known as robber barons. Robber barons were known as businessmen who dominated their relevant industries and amassed huge personal fortunes, sometimes as a direct result of pursuing various unfair business practices. Of course, this is not always true but some of the robber barons fir right in with this definition.



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