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John D. Rockefeller

A famous American industrialist. He started his career in foodstuffs, but constructed an oil refinery with a partner in 1859. He co-founded Standard Oil in 1870, and by 1880 had virtually monopolized oil refining in the United States. He was known for his heavy-handed business tactics, including corporate espionage and buying out competitors. Rockefeller's supporters contend that he improved efficiency and made oil accessible to the general public in the age of industrialization. His critics claim that he hurt small businesses and was guilty of unethical business dealings. In later life, he became a noted philanthropist. He lived from 1839 to 1937, and is regarded as perhaps the richest person who ever lived.
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El senador John Rockefeller se pregunto si la Casa Blanca habia "sobrestimado intencionalmente" dichos informes o "tan solo los malinterpreto", pero que en ambos casos "el resultado habia sido muy malo".
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Signed by the following Senators: Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mike DeWine (R-OH), Carl Levin (D-MI), Max Cleland (D-GA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Robert Kerrey (D-NE), Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), Jeff Bingaman (D-MN), Bob Graham (D-FL), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), John Kerry (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Timothy Johnson (D-SD), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Rockefeller (D-WV).
John Rockefeller IV of West Virginia and Congressman Amo Houghton of New York, said the two countries should try to work out an agreement by the year 2010.
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Democratic Senator Mr John Rockefeller agreed that the experience of the Gulf War suggested the Pentagon is not capable of dealing with possible troop exposure to unconventional weapons - on the battlefield or in medical facilities.
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Headed by a veteran pro-abortionist, John Rockefeller III, its recommendation for abortion on demand, the American Medical News reported, "provides prestigious ammunition for opponents of restrictive state abortion laws."