Andrew Carnegie: When Sickness Steels His Life

by P-Francone

When Andrew Carnegie was en route to Scotland for his honeymoon, he met a young man, Walter Damrosch, on board ship who was the conductor of the New York Symphony Society. Friendship ensued and Damrosch managed to convince Carnegie to build Carnegie Hall.

Andrew Carnegie, despite being one of the richest and most powerful men of all time from the steel industry, actually had a very different funeral service after his death from pneumonia on August 11, 1919, at the age of 84. Carnegie’s funeral was simple, without even pallbearers or a sermon. His family and house workers all attended the Presbyterian interment, which took place at Sleepy Hollow, near Tarrytown, NY. His funeral service was held first in Lenox, MA where his family had a pew.

Carnegie was known for being a staunch supporter of hiring qualified management to run his company, unlike many previous entrepreneurs who were strongly against having anyone else take control. He wrote his own epitaph, which read “A Man Who Knew How to Enlist in His Service Better Men Than Himself.”

His obituary was published August 12, 1919 in the New York Times.

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