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Fascinating Facts About Early American Entrepreneurs


America is undoubtedly the land of entrepreneurs. Some of the most famous ones hail from the United States. When most people think of entrepreneurs, famous names like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey come to mind. However, as this infographic Tulsa Welding School developed shows, some of the people who helped shape modern America could also be considered entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more about their contributions to the country.

The Titans of Industry

The four biggest contributors to construction and manufacturing in the United States were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford. The net worth of these four industry titans, when adjusted for inflation, would come to a whopping $889 billion. While each man worked in a different industry, all of four promoted welding, soldering, and assembling. Two out of four also supported pipefitting.

The Inventors

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla are known the world over. Edison, the fourth most prolific inventor to have ever lived, has over one thousand patents to his name. Nikola Tesla, a contemporary of Edison, played a vital role in the invention of radio and X-rays and developed the famous Tesla coil.

Willis Carrier, a perhaps lesser-known inventor but by no means a less important one, gifted mankind with air conditioning technology and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the twentieth century. Elihu Thomson was yet another renowned inventor; he has nearly 700 patents to his credit, including for generators, X-ray tubes and electric welding machines.

While we may hear more about technology and media moguls, it’s important to remember that early entrepreneurs working alongside the skilled trades and sciences helped to make the United States the country it is today. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about these important figures in American history.

Tradesmen That Built