The History Channel is premiering an eight-hour event series called The Men Who Built America on Tuesday, October 16 at 9 p.m. and will chronicle the lives of Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford.
Andrew Carnegie was one of the most important philanthropists of his era. Born in Scotland, Carnegie built Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Steel Company which was later merged with Elbert H. Gary’s Federal Steel Company and several small companies to develop U.S. Steel. With his fortune he built Carnegie Hall, founded the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Most of the wealth that he spent on libraries and universities around the world he earned from the steel industry. He was often regarded as the second richest man in history behind John D. Rockefeller.
Quotes from Andrew Carnegie
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
“And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.”
“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”
“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.”