Rockefeller began to fear that his children might be kidnapped and secluded himself from the public. He established the promotion of knowledge, especially scientific knowledge, as a task no less important than giving alms to the poor or building schools, hospitals, and museums.
The home was not dull with heavy puritan lessons; instead it was lively and cheerful as John would play blind man's bluff with his children. Always an innovator, Rockefeller soon determined that a great deal of the byproducts of oil refining were generally discarded, since they were of no apparent economic value.
Through John D. Rockefeller opened new refineries in areas into which he wanted to expand, and with his enormous resources, he would sell kerosene and other oil products at prices well below those of his competitors, willing to accept losses long enough to drive them out of business.
Supreme Court declared it in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and therefore illegal. The new facility boosted the production of high quality kerosene and byproducts such as benzene, paraffin and petroleum jelly. John worshipped his father for his money making attributes, but his image was shattered once and for all when Big Bill was accused of a raping a young house help.
Rockefeller was completely self-made and had a combination of ruthless business tactics, strategic brilliance, and a passion for philanthropy, making him a complex individual that any wannabe business person can learn from. Rockefeller meeting Gates was a chance event, and it is fortunate that Gates turned out to be very responsible with the power bestowed upon him.
In the field of business, certain moments arrive when the businessman is compelled to tread a delicate ground, so they never get caught napping. The year-old schemer had seduced a year-old Margaret Allen, daughter of a wealthy businessman.
At the time of his passing, John was jollier than ever. But Flagler was not only a savvy businessman, but also an individual who had mastered the science of making contracts.