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Encyclopedia > Laura Spelman

Laura Spelman Rockefeller, (1839-1915), (known as "Cettie"), was a philanthropist, the namesake of Spelman College and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, and the wife of the richest man who has ever lived, John D. Rockefeller, the founder of both Standard Oil and the Rockefeller family dynasty. Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts womens college in Atlanta, Georgia. ... John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. ... Standard Oil (1870–1911) was a large, integrated, oil producing, transporting, refining, and marketing company. ... The Rockefeller family, founded by John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937) (Senior) and his brother William Rockefeller (1841-1922), is an American industrial, banking, and philanthropic family of German-American origin that made the worlds largest private fortune in the oil business during the late 19th century, primarily through the...


Laura Spelman was born in Wadsworth, Ohio in 1839 to Harvey Buel Spelman and Lucy Henry Spelman, who had moved to Ohio from Massachusetts. Harvey was an abolitionist who was active in the Congregationalist Church, the Underground Railroad, and in politics. The Spelmans eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where subsequently she met John D. Rockefeller at school, where they took accounting classes together. Cettie later attended boarding school in New England and wished to eventually be a school teacher. Wadsworth is a city located in Medina County, Ohio. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practicing congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation indepedently and autonomously runs its own affairs. ... Nickname: The Forest City Motto: Progress and Prosperity Location in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Cuyahoga Founded 1796 Incorporated 1836 Mayor Frank G. Jackson (D) Area    - City 82. ... John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. ...


After returning to Ohio to teach, she married Rockefeller in 1864 and remained active in her church (now Northern Baptist) and with her family. Once the family business of Standard Oil began to take off, she devoted her further time to philanthropy and her children.


Throughout their entire lives the Rockefeller family continued to donate ten percent of their income to charity, including substantial donations to Spelman College.


Laura Spelman Rockefeller died on March 12, 1915 of a heart attack.


Further reading

  • Chernow, Ron. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. London: Warner Books, 1998.
  • Stasz, Clarice. The Rockefeller Women: Dynasty of Piety, Privacy, and Service. New York: St. Martins Press. (1995).

See also

The Rockefeller family, founded by John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937) (Senior) and his brother William Rockefeller (1841-1922), is an American industrial, banking, and philanthropic family of German-American origin that made the worlds largest private fortune in the oil business during the late 19th century, primarily through the... The Rockefeller Foundation is a charitable organization based in New York City. ... Founders Hall Rockefeller University is a private university focusing primarily on graduate and postgraduate education research in the biomedical fields, located between 63rd and 68th Streets along York Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan island in New York City, New York. ... Lower Plaza at Rockefeller Center. ... Kykuit was built for John D. Rockefeller in 1913 by the architects Chester Holmes Aldrich and William Adams Delano. ... John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... John Davison Rockefeller 3rd (March 21, 1906 – July 10, 1978) was a major philanthropist and third-generation member of the prominent Rockefeller family. ... John Davison Rockefeller IV (born on June 18, 1937), generally known as Jay Rockefeller, has served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from West Virginia since 1985. ... David Rockefeller, Sr. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (May 26, 1910 - July 11, 2004) was a financier, philanthropist, and conservationist. ... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ...

External links

  • Rockefeller Archives
  • Chernow, Ron. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Warner Books. (1998). ISBN 0-679-43808-4. online review

 
 

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