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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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The Private Henry Morrison Flagler, 1830–1883

The Private Henry Morrison Flagler, 1830–1883

(p.21) 3 The Private Henry Morrison Flagler, 1830–1883
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

Flagler was born into a humble Presbyterian minister's family in Central New York state and rose to become one of the world's most successful businessmen. He left home at fourteen to seek his fortune with his Harkness relatives in Ohio. Quickly Flagler established himself as a smart young businessman and married into the Harkness family. During the Civil War he took his wife Mary Harkness to Michigan to go into the salt business but lost his investment with the end of the war. Returning to Cleveland, he went into partnership with John D. Rockefeller and was instrumental in making Standard Oil the forerunner of the modern business monopoly. Flagler would be Rockefeller's closest friend and next door neighbor in both Cleveland and later New York City. Flagler first came to Florida in 1878 because of Mary's ill health. When she died, Flagler married Alice Shourds, a woman of humble origins about whom little is known to this day.

Keywords:   Ohio, Cleveland, Presbyterian, New York City, Henry Morrison Flagler, Harkness, Mary Harkness, John D. Rockefeller, Alice Shourds, Standard Oil

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