Edwin Drake

1819 - 1880

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Edwin Laurentine Drake (March 29, 1819 – November 9, 1880), also known as Colonel Drake, was an American businessman and the first American to successfully drill for oil. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edwin Drake has received more than 342,543 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Edwin Drake is the 238th most popular businessperson (down from 222nd in 2019), the 3,032nd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,994th in 2019) and the 81st most popular American Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Edwin Drake ranks 238 out of 604Before him are Lamine Diack, Frits Philips, Henry E. Steinway, Lee Shau-kee, Edward Cave, and Charles Pathé. After him are Serge Dassault, Mukesh Ambani, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Alfred P. Sloan, Kirk Kerkorian, and Ramón Calderón.

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Among people born in 1819, Edwin Drake ranks 49Before him are Frederick William, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Estanislao Figueras, Alfred Escher, Franz Abt, Thomas A. Hendricks, and Venceslaus Ulricus Hammershaimb. After him are Panteleimon Kulish, William A. Wheeler, Johann Voldemar Jannsen, Lucile Grahn, Gustave de Molinari, and Pieter Bleeker. Among people deceased in 1880, Edwin Drake ranks 23Before him are Arnold Ruge, Bettino Ricasoli, Constantin Hansen, James Craig Watson, Léon Cogniet, and John Sutter. After him are Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel, Robert Fortune, Raden Saleh, Alphonse Pénaud, and Jules Favre.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edwin Drake ranks 3,032 out of 15,968Before him are Karen Allen (1951), Judith Resnik (1949), Linda Harrison (1945), Jerry Brudos (1939), Nick Castle (1947), and Elizabeth Banks (1974). After him are Rebecca De Mornay (1959), Candy Darling (1944), Ron Carter (1937), Victor Young (1900), Teresa Wright (1918), and Larry David (1947).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Edwin Drake ranks 81Before him are Charlie Munger (1924), Eric Schmidt (1955), Charles Koch (1935), Erin Brockovich (1960), Paul Castellano (1915), and David Stern (1942). After him are Alfred P. Sloan (1875), Kirk Kerkorian (1917), John D. Rockefeller III (1906), Douglas Tompkins (1943), Allen Klein (1931), and Arnold Rothstein (1882).