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.
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847, American
Inventor, Businessman
Madam C. J. WalkerMadam C. J. Walker
23 December 1867, American
Entrepreneur

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892, British, American
Businessman

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

Colonel SandersColonel Sanders
09 September 1890, American
Founder of KFC

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863, American
Industrialist
J. P. MorganJ. P. Morgan
17 April 1837, American
Financier and Banker

William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst
29 April 1863, American
Newspaper Baron

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
25 November 1835, American, Scottish
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a
Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
03 March 1847, Canadian, Scottish
Inventor of Telephone

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821, French
Businessman
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'

John Jacob Astor IVJohn Jacob Astor IV
13 July 1864, American
Businessman

Otto FrankOtto Frank
12 May 1889, Swiss, German, Dutch
Father of Anne Frank
John D. Rockefeller Jr.John D. Rockefeller Jr.
29 January 1874, American
Philanthropist & Businessman

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

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852, American
Doctor, Inventor

Ferdinand PorscheFerdinand Porsche
03 September 1875, Austrian, German, Hungarian
Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
Karl BenzKarl Benz
25 November 1844, German
Entrepreneur

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846, American
Entrepreneur
J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862, British
Businessman

Mayer Amschel RothschildMayer Amschel Rothschild
23 February 1744, German
Banker

Thomas C. DurantThomas C. Durant
06 February 1820, American
Investor
Anne ListerAnne Lister
03 April 1791, British
Writer

Will Keith KelloggWill Keith Kellogg
07 April 1860, American
Founder of the Kellogg Company
Milton S. HersheyMilton S. Hershey
13 September 1857, American
Confectioner & Philanthropist

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American
Executive

George HearstGeorge Hearst
03 September 1820, American
Former United States Senator
Asa Griggs CandlerAsa Griggs Candler
30 December 1851, American
Businessman

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J. P. Morgan Jr.J. P. Morgan Jr.
07 September 1867, American
Banker
Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836, British
Businessman

George EastmanGeorge Eastman
12 July 1854, American
Inventor of Roll Film

Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
08 October 1890, American
Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel

Samuel ColtSamuel Colt
19 July 1814, American
Inventor
Isidor StrausIsidor Straus
06 February 1845, American
Businessman
Henry Clay FrickHenry Clay Frick
19 December 1849, American
Businessman

Jay GouldJay Gould
27 May 1836, American
Businessman

Henri FayolHenri Fayol
29 July 1841, French
Industrialist, Management Thinker

William C. DurantWilliam C. Durant
09 December 1861, American
Entrepreneur
Louis ChevroletLouis Chevrolet
25 December 1878, Swiss, American
Founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company

Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808, British
Businessman

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

Jolie GaborJolie Gabor
29 September 1896, American
Entrepreneur, Socialite

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
Samuel InsullSamuel Insull
11 November 1859, American
Business Magnate

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

George CrumGeorge Crum
15 July 1824, American
Chef
James J. HillJames J. Hill
16 September 1838, Canadian, American
Canadian-American railroad executive, Businessman

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

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

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

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

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

George StephenGeorge Stephen
05 June 1829, Canadian, British, Scottish
Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in

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
Robert SmallsRobert Smalls
05 April 1839, American
Politician

Prescott BushPrescott Bush
15 May 1895, American
Politician

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

W. Averell HarrimanW. Averell Harriman
15 November 1891, American
Politician
John SutterJohn Sutter
15 February 1803, Swiss, American
Pioneer

William Henry VanderbiltWilliam Henry Vanderbilt
08 May 1821, American
Businessman

Seth BullockSeth Bullock
23 July 1849, Canadian, American
Politician

C. W. PostC. W. Post
26 October 1854, American
Nutritionist
James ForrestalJames Forrestal
15 February 1892, American
Officer, Banker, Investment banker
Leland StanfordLeland Stanford
09 March 1824, American
Entrepreneur

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846, French
Chef

Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856, British
business magnate

Henry J. KaiserHenry J. Kaiser
09 May 1882, American
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Dorabji TataDorabji Tata
27 August 1859, Indian
 

Ratanji Dadabhoy TataRatanji Dadabhoy Tata
1856 AD, Indian
Aviator

James Buchanan DukeJames Buchanan Duke
23 December 1856, American
Entrepreneur

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
17 February 1874, American
Entrepreneur

Albert GöringAlbert Göring
09 March 1895, Austrian, German
Mechanical engineer
Elizabeth ArdenElizabeth Arden
31 December 1878, Canadian
Cosmetologist

Kiichiro ToyodaKiichiro Toyoda
11 June 1894, Japanese
Entrepreneur
Marcus GoldmanMarcus Goldman
09 December 1821, American
Banker, Entrepreneur, Financier

Joseph Jenkins RobertsJoseph Jenkins Roberts
15 March 1809, Liberian, American
President
Jacob SchiffJacob Schiff
10 January 1847, American
Banker, Financier
Harry CohnHarry Cohn
23 July 1891, American
Film producer