Edwin Drake

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Birthday
29, 1819
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Nov 9, 1880 (61)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
29, 1819
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Nov 9, 1880 (61)

About

The first person to drill for oil in the United States. He also founded an oil refinery in Pittsburgh.

Before Fame

He grew up on farms in New York state and Vermont and began working for a Connecticut railway in his late teens.

Trivia

He was hired by Seneca Oil to look into the possibility of finding oil deposits in Pennsylvania. During the course of this assignment, he not only found oil, but also developed a revolutionary way of drilling for it.

Family Life

He was married twice: to Philena Adams, who died during childbirth in 1854, and to Laura Dowd.

Associated With

He and Armand Hammer were both famously involved in the petroleum business.