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Carnegie Gives Money to Build Libraries
In 1901,

Carnegie devoted the rest of his life to writing and using his vast wealth to give back to society.  Carnegie founded 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world, including ones in Michigan, Ohio, Vermont, Alabama and Washington, D.C.  He also helped found Carnegie Mellon University. At the time of his death in 1919, he had given away over $350 million. If you made a fortune would you give it away to charity? To what cause would you give your money?

Born in 1835, Carnegie immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1848. Working in American industry and making smart investments, he had already made a fortune before the age of 30. In the 1870s, he saw the potential of the steel industry and founded his own steel mill. The company boomed. Here, the employees of the Carnegie Steel Company pose for a picture at a company picnic. In 1901, Carnegie sold the company for $250 million. It was time for Carnegie to retire. To what did he devote the rest of his life?

Carnegie devoted the rest of his life to writing and using his vast wealth to give back to society. Carnegie founded 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world, including ones in Michigan, Ohio, Vermont, Alabama and Washington, D.C. He also helped found Carnegie Mellon University. At the time of his death in 1919, he had given away over $350 million. If you made a fortune would you give it away to charity? To what cause would you give your money?

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