19th Century Business People
Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Entrepreneurs, including Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie.
Madam C. J. WalkerMadam C. J. Walker
23 December 1867, American
Entrepreneur
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847, American
Inventor, Businessman

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
08 July 1839, American
Businessman

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863, American
Businessman

Colonel SandersColonel Sanders
09 September 1890, American
Founder of KFC

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892, British, American
Businessman
Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
25 November 1835, American, Scottish
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a

J. P. MorganJ. P. Morgan
17 April 1837, American
Financier and Banker

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
03 March 1847, Canadian, Scottish
Inventor of Telephone
Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821, French
Businessman

William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst
29 April 1863, American
Newspaper Baron
Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
18 February 1898, Italian
Italian racing driver

Conrad HiltonConrad Hilton
25 December 1887, American
American Hotelier and Businessman

John DeereJohn Deere
07 February 1804, American
Founder of 'Deere & Company'

Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839, Indian
Father of Indian Industry

John Jacob Astor IVJohn Jacob Astor IV
13 July 1864, American
Businessman
John D. Rockefeller Jr.John D. Rockefeller Jr.
29 January 1874, American
Philanthropist & Businessman

Otto FrankOtto Frank
12 May 1889, Swiss, German, Dutch
Father of Anne Frank

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846, American
Entrepreneur

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852, American
Doctor, Inventor
Karl BenzKarl Benz
25 November 1844, German
Entrepreneur

Ferdinand PorscheFerdinand Porsche
03 September 1875, Austrian, German, Hungarian
Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862, British
Businessman

Mayer Amschel RothschildMayer Amschel Rothschild
23 February 1744, German
Banker

Anne ListerAnne Lister
03 April 1791, British
Writer
J. P. Morgan Jr.J. P. Morgan Jr.
07 September 1867, American
Banker

Milton S. HersheyMilton S. Hershey
13 September 1857, American
Confectioner & Philanthropist
George HearstGeorge Hearst
03 September 1820, American
Former United States Senator

Will Keith KelloggWill Keith Kellogg
07 April 1860, American
Founder of the Kellogg Company

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American
Executive
Isidor StrausIsidor Straus
06 February 1845, American
Businessman

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Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
08 October 1890, American
Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel
Asa Griggs CandlerAsa Griggs Candler
30 December 1851, American
Businessman

Henry Clay FrickHenry Clay Frick
19 December 1849, American
Businessman

Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836, British
Businessman

Thomas C. DurantThomas C. Durant
06 February 1820, American
Investor
Samuel ColtSamuel Colt
19 July 1814, American
Inventor
George EastmanGeorge Eastman
12 July 1854, American
Inventor of Roll Film

Jay GouldJay Gould
27 May 1836, American
Businessman

George CrumGeorge Crum
15 July 1824, American
Chef

William C. DurantWilliam C. Durant
09 December 1861, American
Entrepreneur
Henri FayolHenri Fayol
29 July 1841, French
Industrialist, Management Thinker

Charles M. SchwabCharles M. Schwab
18 February 1862, American
American Steel Magnate & Businessman

Jolie GaborJolie Gabor
29 September 1896, American
Entrepreneur, Socialite

Louis ChevroletLouis Chevrolet
25 December 1878, Swiss, American
Founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company

Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808, British
Businessman
Samuel InsullSamuel Insull
11 November 1859, American
Business Magnate

H. L. HuntH. L. Hunt
17 February 1889, American
Businessman
Alfred SloanAlfred P. Sloan
23 May 1875, American
CEO of General Motors Corporation

Leo BurnettLeo Burnett
21 October 1891, American
Businessman, Advertising Executive

Werner von SiemensWerner von Siemens
13 December 1816, German
Inventor
Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering
29 August 1876, American
Inventor, Engineer & Businessman

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick
15 February 1809, American
Inventor of mechanical reaper
James J. HillJames J. Hill
16 September 1838, Canadian, American
Canadian-American railroad executive, Businessman

Anthony FokkerAnthony Fokker
06 April 1890, Dutch
Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft

Ghanshyam Das BirlaGhanshyam Das Birla
10 April 1894, Indian
Indian businessman

Sarah E. GoodeSarah E. Goode
1855 AD, American
Inventor

George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839, British
Businessman
Edwin DrakeEdwin Drake
29 March 1819, American
Businessman

Alexander Turney StewartAlexander Turney Stewart
12 October 1803, American
Entrepreneur

Cecil John RhodesCecil John Rhodes
05 July 1853, British
Former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony

Auguste LumièreAuguste Lumière
19 October 1862, French
Inventor of cinematograph
Louis RenaultLouis Renault
12 February 1877, French
Founder of Renault

Andrew MellonAndrew William Mellon
24 March 1855, American
Industrialist, Philanthropist
George StephenGeorge Stephen
05 June 1829, Canadian, British, Scottish
Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in

P. T.  BarnumP. T. Barnum
05 July 1810, American
American politician

James Young ChemistJames Young (Chemist)
13 July 1811, Scottish
Chemist
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
06 September 1888, American
Business person

Matthias W. BaldwinMatthias W. Baldwin
10 December 1795, American
Inventor
Prescott BushPrescott Bush
15 May 1895, American
Politician

Robert SmallsRobert Smalls
05 April 1839, American
Politician

Louis B. MayerLouis B. Mayer
12 July 1884, Belarusian, Ukrainian, American
Film Producer
John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

W. Averell HarrimanW. Averell Harriman
15 November 1891, American
Politician
Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856, British
business magnate

Dorabji TataDorabji Tata
27 August 1859, Indian
 

C. W. PostC. W. Post
26 October 1854, American
Nutritionist

John SutterJohn Sutter
15 February 1803, Swiss, American
Pioneer
William Henry VanderbiltWilliam Henry Vanderbilt
08 May 1821, American
Businessman
Ratanji Dadabhoy TataRatanji Dadabhoy Tata
1856 AD, Indian
Aviator

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846, French
Chef

James ForrestalJames Forrestal
15 February 1892, American
Officer, Banker, Investment banker

Leland StanfordLeland Stanford
09 March 1824, American
Entrepreneur
Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
17 February 1874, American
Entrepreneur

Henry J. KaiserHenry J. Kaiser
09 May 1882, American
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Elizabeth ArdenElizabeth Arden
31 December 1878, Canadian
Cosmetologist

Texas GuinanTexas Guinan
12 January 1884, American
Actress

Marcus GoldmanMarcus Goldman
09 December 1821, American
Banker, Entrepreneur, Financier
Samuel WilsonSamuel Wilson
13 September 1766, American
Meat-packer

Albert GöringAlbert Göring
09 March 1895, Austrian, German
Mechanical engineer
Kiichiro ToyodaKiichiro Toyoda
11 June 1894, Japanese
Entrepreneur

Fusajiro YamauchiFusajiro Yamauchi
22 November 1859, Japanese
Entrepreneur
Ludwig ErhardLudwig Erhard
04 February 1897, German
Economist, Politician, University teacher
Harry CohnHarry Cohn
23 July 1891, American
Film producer