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Andrew Carnegie

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Born in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie's family immegrated into America when he was 13 years old and first settled in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. His presence in the steel industry lead him to become a multi-millionaire. He was influenced in his childhood by a love for reading that later inspired him to direct a portion of his philanthropic donations towards the establishment of libraries across the United States. In 1886, Allegheny City was the first city in America to receive one of Carnegie's gifts.

 

Source: Abigail A. Van Slyck, "Giving: The reform of American library philanthropy," in ''Free to all: Carnegie libraries and American culture, 1890-1920'' (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996)

 

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