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   Rise of a Baptist capitalist : John Davison Rockefeller 

John Davison Rockefeller, the man who would become America's first billionaire and the richest man in the World, was born in a modest family of western New York. His father William Avery Rockefeller was an unstable man, who peddled patent medicine, first as Big Bill Rockefeller in New York state and Ohio, then as

 

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