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 Joseph Stephen “J.S.” Cullinan

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Joseph Stephen “J.S.” Cullinan

  • Birth 31 Dec 1860 Pulaski, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 11 Mar 1937 Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Little Hillside Section
  • Memorial ID 3754

Founder of Texaco. Joseph Cullinan was born December 31, 1860 near Sharon, Pennsylvania. He started working in the oil fields of Pennsylvania at the age of fourteen, learning all aspects of the industry from the ground up. In 1882 he began work with a company offshoot of Standard Oil and worked there as a manager for thirteen years, when he decided to go into business for himself, founding Petroleum Iron Works in 1895. In 1897, he was asked to manage the vast oil strike in Corsicana and built his first refinery there in 1900 under the umbrella of the J.S. Cullinan Company. With the discovery of oil at Spindletop, Cullinan moved his headquarters to Beaumont and partnered with Arnold Schlaet to form the Texas Fuel Company in March, 1901. Within two years, he started The Texas Company as a means to transport and refine the crude oil; from 1903 to 1913, Cullinan served as its president. In 1905, he moved the company base to Houston, as did all other oil businesses, causing the enormous oil boom to Houston which was responsible for its rocketing growth as a city. Cullinan was now a key player in the American oil industry, and he turned his attention to serving the country any way he could. During World War I, Cullinan served as special advisor to the Ford Administration under Herbert Hoover; in 1928 he served on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Committee; he supported the development of the Houston Ship Channel and the Houston Symphony. Joseph Cullinan was visiting Herbert Hoover in Palo Alto, California when he was stricken and died of pneumonia on March 11, 1937. In 1959, The Texas Company would change its name to Texaco.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 28 Oct 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3754
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Stephen “J.S.” Cullinan (31 Dec 1860–11 Mar 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3754, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .