Andrew Carnegie

QUESTION:  Andrew Carnegie had a tense partnership with business tycoon Henry Clay Frick. After whom was Frick named?
A)  Cassius Clay
B)  Cassius Coolidge
C)  Clay Pigeon
D)  Henry Clay

The American Treasure Tour blog continues our examination of the men (sorry, no women) displayed on the wall of the Toy Box in reproduction lithographs.  To date, we have examined the lives of famous frontiersmen (Daniel Boone), Civil War Generals (William Sherman, George Meade and Al Johnson), and politicians (William Seward).  It stands to reason that a businessman be our next honoree. There were few more famous or powerful in the late-19th century that Mr. Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was thirteen years old when his family moved from Dunfermline, Scotland in 1848, travelling to the United States to pursue the American Dream. They chose to settle in the industrial town of Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  There, Carnegie started his career as a bobbin boy for his uncle - working twelve hours a day, six days a week at a cotton mill the spools of thread full in the cotton machines.  Within two years, he had moved on to the Pittsburgh Office of the Ohio Telegraph Company and distinguished himself a messenger boy. He also made excellent contacts.

Carnegie gained access to the private library of an industrialist in town, where he gained access to thousands of books. He was truly a self-made man, and he was rising quickly. The knowledge he obtained through reading gave him further advantages over his peers and, in 1853, he got a job for Tom Scott of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Few people today know the name Tom Scott, but in his day he was one of the most powerful men in America. Scott took Carnegie under his wing and trained him in the ways of running a business, using personal influence to buy into, and influence, the stock market. When Scott was appointed by Abraham Lincoln as Assistant Secretary of War, Carnegie took control of military transportation. Carnegie ensured that troops and materials would get to where they needed to go - and proved an essential figure in the Union effort during the Civil War. Amazingly, he had only just started proving himself....

ANSWER:  D)  Henry Clay.  No offense, but if you didn't get that one on your own, we will be concerned for you.