11/08/2019
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie died - On this day in history

1034a060-5ab5-4cfa-84e8-29df9f010b2c

Steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie died on 11 August 1919 of pneumonia. Carnegie was a self-made businessman who emigrated to America from Dunfermline at the age of thirteen. He worked his way up from a factory bobbin boy to become one of the world's richest men and a huge supporter of charities.

Carnegie was founder of the Carnegie Steel Company which merged to become US Steel; with his resulting wealth enabling him to create many charitable foundations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

In the years leading up to his death, Carnegie had begun to distribute his wealth to good causes, giving away over $350 million to foundations and charities across America, promoting his belief that 'a man who dies rich dies disgraced'. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York.

Further reading

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

(Image copyright Library of Congress)

Back to "On this day in history" Category

11/08/2019 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

The Battle of the Standard was fought - On this day in history

The Battle of the Standard was fought on 22 August 1138. ...


Scottish inventor William Murdoch was born - On this day in history

Scottish inventor William Murdoch was born on 21 August 1754. ...


Scottish poet William Miller died - On this day in history

Scottish poet William Miller died on 20 August 1872.


Scottish engineer James Nasmyth was born - On this day in history

Scottish engineer James Nasmyth was born on 19 August 1808.


Other Articles

Beggars' badges in Scotland

Jonny Keen provides an introduction to the use of beggars' badges in Scotland, exploring their distribution ...


Arthur Elphinstone was executed - On this day in history

Arthur Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino, was executed on 18 August 1746.


The Battle of Verneuil was fought - On this day in history

The Battle of Verneuil was fought on 17 August 1424.


Carolina Nairne was born - On this day in history

Lady Carolina Nairne was born on 16 August 1766.