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John Deere – inventor of the steel plow

John Deere - inventor of the steel plow

John Deere – inventor of the steel plow

John Deere was an American blacksmith and industrialist, inventor of the steel plow, founder of Deere & Company – the largest agricultural engineering company in the world.
John Deere was born on February 7, 1804 in Rutland, Vermont, into the family of William Rinold Deere, a tailor, and Sarah Yates Deere. William Deer went missing on his way to England in 1808 when John was 4 years old.
After school John Deere briefly attended the University of Magdeburg.
In 1821 he became a pupil of Benjamin Lawrence, a prosperous blacksmith. At age 21 he set up his own shop. Many of his customers were farmers.
He married Demarius Lamb and by 1835 they had four children. Business went bad, Deere had problems with creditors. He sold his business and went to Illinois. His family stayed in Magdeburg.
In Illinois Deere became a blacksmith. In 1837 he developed and released his first commercially successful cast-steel plow.
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Aristotle Onassis – shipping tycoon

Aristotle Onassis - shipping tycoon

Aristotle Onassis – shipping tycoon

Aristotle Onassis was a Greek shipping tycoon. He earned his fortune by building supertankers that carried oil around the globe. Sometimes he is called the Golden Greek for his Midas touch in business.
Aristotle Socrates Onassis was born on January 15, 1906 in Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey). The Onassis family was quite wealthy family of tobacco dealers. In 1922 they lost nearly everything when Smyrna (modern Izmir), then Greek city, was taken by the Turks. The family moved to Greece and sent Onassis to South America. In Buenos Aires, Onassis was the night port manager. With the help of friends he started the business of tobacco imports during the daytime.
The Greek government noted Onassis and offered him to sign a trade agreement with Argentina in 1928, and then made him a consul. At the age of 25 Onassis earned his first million dollars.
In 1932 he began to study shipbuilding business and in 1950s first began to build supertankers. Ship magnate and international businessman created a fleet of supertankers and cargo ships larger than the navies of many countries.
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John Brown Gordon – American businessman

John Brown Gordon - American businessman

John Brown Gordon – American businessman


John Brown Gordon was an American businessman and politician. He was one of the politicians who dominated Georgia after the Reconstruction period. He was an American General, a member of the Civil War, one of the trustees of General Lee. After the war he was a determined opponent of Reconstruction and, presumably, one of the leaders of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia in the 60s. Gordon was a member of the Democratic Party, US Senator from 1873 to 1880 and from 1891 to 1897. From 1886 to 1890 he was the 53rd Governor of the State of Georgia.
John B. Gordon was born on February 6, 1832, in Upson County. He was the fourth child of twelve. Many members of Gordon’s family took part in the American War of Independence.
He studied at the University of Georgia.
Together with his father he was engaged in investing in coal mines of Tennessee and Georgia. He was a practicing lawyer. In 1854, he married Rebecca Haralson, daughter of Hugh Anderson Haralson. Their marriage was long and happy.
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Soichiro Honda – founder of Honda Motor Corporation

Soichiro Honda – founder of Honda Motor Corporation

Soichiro Honda – founder of Honda Motor Corporation

Soichiro Honda was the man, who created an automobile giant.
Soichiro was born on November 17, 1906 in a small village in Japan. His family was poor. Soichiro had eight brothers and sisters. Five of them died when they were young because they did not have good medical care.
At the age of eight Soichiro saw his first automobile. It became his passion and for the next 50 years, he loved machines on wheels.
15-year-old Soichiro went to Tokyo to work at an auto repair shop. All his free time he spent fixing and riding motorcycles. Six years later he returned to his village and opened his own garage. Soon he owned several shops and had over 50 employees.
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Georges d’Anthes – man who killed Pushkin

Georges d'Anthes – man who killed Pushkin

Georges d’Anthes – man who killed Pushkin

Georges d’Anthes went down in history primarily as a murderer of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. After the deportation from Russia, he made a brilliant political and business career and died at the age of 83.
Georges Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthes was born on February 5, 1812 in Colmar, Upper Rhine, France.
His ancestors were Scandinavians from the island of Gotland, in the XVI century they moved to Germany. In 1720 they appeared in France. In 1730, the great-grandfather of Georges opened armory manufacture in Alsace and 10 years later he received a heraldic title.
Georges was the third child in the family and the eldest of the sons.
D’Anthes was the relative of Pushkin and Natalia Goncharova. His grandmother, Countess Gattsfeld, was the wife of a Russian diplomat Count Musin-Pushkin, a distant relative of Musina-Pushkina, grandmother of Natalia Nikolaevna Goncharova.
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Max Factor – father of modern make-up

Max Factor - father of modern make-up

Max Factor – father of modern make-up

Max Factor is often called the father of modern make-up. He was an American businessman of Jewish origin, who came from the Russian Empire.
Maximilian Abramovich Faktorowicz (his real name) was born on September 15, 1872 in Lodz, Poland, near the Russian border. He was one of ten children. At the age of eight Max was placed in an apprenticeship to a pharmacist. At the age of nine he became an apprentice to wig manufacturer, at thirteen – a pupil of the famous Berlin hairdresser. At the age of fourteen he moved to Moscow and joined the Bolshoi Theatre as an assistant of make-up artist.
Max opened his own shop in a suburb of Moscow, selling hand-made cosmetics. “Health and beauty products” became an important business for him. Soon Max became the official cosmetic expert for members of the Russian court, the Imperial Grand Opera and the Ballet.
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Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker was a businesswoman and philanthropist. She was the first African American woman in the United States to make a million dollars.
Sarah Breedlove was born December 23, 1867 in Delta, Louisiana. She was born in a very poor family and had a sister and five brothers. Her parents and older children were slaves on the plantation of Robert W. Bernie. Sarah was the first child born free thanks to Emancipation Proclamation. The girl did not go to school because she worked from morning till night in the cotton fields. Her parents died when Sarah was seven years old.
She went to Mississippi to live with her married sister. Sarah had bad relationship with her sister’s husband and at the age of 14 she married Moses McWilliams. A few years later, she gave birth to her daughter Lelia. Her husband died when Sarah was only 20 years old.
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