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 John Warne Gates

John Warne Gates

Birth
West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Death 9 Aug 1911 (aged 56)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 4598 · View Source
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Businessman. He started as a barbed wire salesman for Washburne-Moen. In San Antonio, Texas in 1876, his demonstration of the holding power of the wire against long horn cattle resulted in more orders than the company could fill. The company refused to make him a partner, and he went into business with Alfred Clifford, building Southern Wire Company into the largest manufacturer and distributor of "non-patented" barbed wire. Later he owned or controlled many steel and wire companies and invested in the building (and later controlled) the Kansas City Southern Railway. He financed the drilling at Spindletop, Texas, and oil was struck in 1901. He formed The Texas Company (later Texaco). He then aided in the construction of pipelines and refineries, as well as new docks, The Port Arthur National Bank and Port Arthur Light, Power and Ice Company. He gambled at poker, the stock market, and horse races. His "all or nothing" attitude earned him his nickname of "Bet-a-Million Gates".

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  • Added: 22 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4598
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Warne Gates (18 May 1855–9 Aug 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4598, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .