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Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25th, 1835 in Dunfermline, Scotland. He lived for a short time in a one-room weaver’s house with another family, before moving to a slightly larger house on Edgar Street. Andrew’s father was a handloom weaver by the name of William Carnegie. At that time Scotland was in starvation and William decided to move his family to Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Andrew’s first job in 1848 was a bobbin-boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill twelve hours a day, six days a week, with a wage of about $1.25 per week. William Carnegie started off working in a cotton factory, but soon had to earn more money by weaving and peddling linens. Andrew’s mother, Margret Morrison Carnegie, earned money by binding shoes. In 1850, Andrew became a telegraph messenger in the Pittsburg Office of the Ohio Telegraph Company, at $2.50 a week. Carnegie had an impressive memory and memorized the faces of important men and local businesses. He made plenty of connections this way. He also memorized the telegraph mechanics and was soon promoted to operator.
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