- Samuel Andrews
Samuel Andrews (1836-1904) was a
chemistand inventor. Born in England, he immigrated to the United Statesbefore the American Civil War, and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He is best known as a partner in the oil refining firm of Rockefeller, Andrews & Flagler, the major predecessor company of the Standard Oilcorporate empire. When the first unit was formed in 1870, Andrews owned 16.67% of Standard Oil stock.
He had already had some experience in shale-oil production in the newly-discovered oilfields of western
Pennsylvaniawhen in 1862 he approached two Cleveland produce merchants to become stockholders in a new enterprise. One was John D. Rockefeller, who saw the potential in Andrews' plan and invested in the venture. With this capital, Andrews designed and began a small refinery in Cleveland. Ida M. Tarbell, an early investigative journalistand the author of " The History of Standard Oil", described Andrews as "a mechanical genius" who "devised new processes" to create a better product. He is credited with inventing the chemical process called fractional distillation, which is the separation of crude oil into its components.
His better-known partners, Rockefeller and Henry Morrison Flagler, are credited with the marketing strategies and schemes that capitalized on Andrews' technical expertise. Both Andrews and Flagler soon took a back seat to the aggressive Rockefeller. Flagler's wife's ill-health turned his attention to
Florida, where he founded the Florida East Coast Railwayand helped develop many resort communities, most notably the cities of Palm Beach and Miami. While Flagler began a new career in Florida, Andrews remained back in Ohio, where he died in 1904.
Thus, John D. Rockefeller is the partner whose name is most associated with Standard Oil, joined by his brother
William Rockefeller, and Henry Huttleston Rogers. The latter followed Flagler's lead in diversifying his interests to include railroaddevelopment, ultimately building the Virginian Railwaywith his personal fortune. However, it was Samuel Andrews' inventions and work in Cleveland which clearly made possible the future work and accomplishments of these other more famous industrialists.
"See also main article
Tarbell, Ida M.
The History of the Standard Oil Company. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904.
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