Monday, November 25, 2013

The peace part, he didn't do so well with

Today's the birthday of that canny wee billionaire, Andrew Carnegie, to get to whose hall you have to "practice, practice, practice."

Most know about his libraries, but- thanks to Writers' Almanac- there's a bit more:
Over the course of his life, Andrew Carnegie endowed 2,811 libraries and many charitable foundations as well as the internationally famous Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He also bought 7,689 organs for churches. The purpose of the latter gift was, in Carnegie's words, "To lessen the pain of the sermons."
Carnegie's generosity led to the construction of 16 libraries in North Carolina, and 18 in South Carolina between 1901 and 1917.

1 comment:

  1. Cool links; I had no idea how many Carnegie Libraries there were in the Carolinas, or how many were still in existence.