Andrew Carnegie Thomas Hoffman

Early years

  • Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist
  • led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late
  • 19th century built a leadership role as a philanthropist for the United States and the British Empire
  • During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away to charities, foundations, and universities about $350 million – almost 90 percent of his fortune.


  • At age 30, he resigned his railroad position to go into business for himself with his former bosses at the Pennsylvania Railroad
  • early 30s, he had accumulated his first fortune in oil wells, iron manufacturing, bridge building, and bond trading.


  • Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic career began around 1870
  • supported myriad projects and causes
  • he is best known for his gifts of free public library buildings, beginning in his native Dunfermline and ultimately extending throughout the English-speaking world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand
  • In 1887, Carnegie married Louise Whitfield of New York City

"Andrew Carnegie's Story." Carnegie Corporation of New York. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2016.

"Andrew Carnegie." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2016.

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