Industrial Revolution Timeline

  • Christopher Sholes

    Christopher Sholes
    Christopher Sholes was born on 1819. He is most widley known for woring with Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soules to create the first typewriter. Christopher was credited with creating the keyboard layout known as QWERTY, which represnt the first six letters in the third rown of the keyboard. This layout caught on and became so popular that even to this day it is being used, it is even being used to type this description!
  • J.P. Morgan

    J.P. Morgan
    J.P. Morgan was an American banker finacier, and philanthropist who over ruled the coporate finance and industrial consolidation. He also formed together two big electric companies, Edison General Electric and Thomas-Houston Electric Comapny to form General Electric. Morgan also took over his fathers steel company which had a capital of $1.4 billion at the time, the first authorized billion dollar comapny in the world.
  • Mother Jones

    Mother Jones
    Mary Jones was born on August 1, 1837, and she later became big labor and community organizer. She got the title of "the most dangerous women in America" because she was a very effective speaker. An example is how she organized mine workers to strike against mine owners in 1903. Mother Jones is one of the most influencial women during the industrial revolution.
  • John D. Rockefeller

    John D. Rockefeller
    John D. Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839, he founded the Standard Oil Comapny which dominated the oil industry at the time. John's wealth soard through his career, he was the first American worth more than a billion dollars and is considered today to be one of the richest men to have ever lived.
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison
    Born in 1847, Thomas Edison became one of the greatest inventors of the 19th century. With inventions such as the inccandescent light bulb, phonohraph, movie camera, electricity detribution, quadruplex telegraph, stencil duplicator, carbon microphone, and phonograph cylinder. All of these inventions were essential to the evolution of the industrial revlution and man kind.
  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Alexander Graham Bell
    Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847. He is most well known for creating the first telephone. This invention is essential for the well being of the industrial revolution because it alows communication and ideas to be spread farther and faster than ever before.
  • Bessemer Process

    Bessemer Process
    Patented in 1855 by Henry Bessemer, this became the worlds most used method for creating steel. The process for making the steel was to blow compressed air into molten hot iron inorder to remove any carbon and impurities which made an extremely durable metal. This process is esential to the Industrial Revolution becasue steel is far more durable and stronger than iron which is essential when making buildings such as factories.
  • Eugene Debs

    Eugene Debs
    Uegene Debs was a social and labour leader during the Industrial Revolution and is one of the most well known socialists that lived in the United States. He took part in the Pullman Strike and was found guilty of charges afterwards and sent to jail for 6 months. After his release he ran for presidency in 1900 but was unsuccessful.
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  • Edwin Drake Stikes Black Gold

    Edwin Drake Stikes Black Gold
    On August 28, 1859, Edwin Drake became the first man to find a new and inavative way to harvest large amounts of oil. This was by designing a rig that dug 70 feet into the ground into bedrock, and began to drill until huge oil deposites errupted. Drake never patented his design, and as a result the oil rush began and people such as John D. Rockefeller copied his design and made a powerful industry. All while Crazy Drake lost his job and his money in Wall Street.
  • Henry Ford

    Henry Ford
    Henry was born in 1863 and became the founder of Ford Motor Company in 1903. He is well know for his creation of the Model T in 1908. WHen it was released it cost only $825 and was very cheap to fix, plus its price dropped every year. By the 1920s the Model T was the standard issue cars that most Americans learned to drive on. But more importantly this was the standard for personal transportation which is a huge leap for the industrail revolution.
  • Transcontinental Railroad completed

    Transcontinental Railroad completed
    On November 6, 1869 a gold spike known as The Last Spike was drove into the ground to finally connect the 6 year project of connecting Nebraska to California. This is a big standing point in the industrail revoultion for it finally connected the two sides, West and East United States together.
  • Credit Mobilier Scandal

    Credit Mobilier Scandal
    The credit Mobilier was a railroad comapany formed by the Union Pacific Railway. What the company would do is charge as much as $50,000 per mile od railroad when it really only costed $30,000. This meant the money they profited went right into the pockets of the company leaving millions of dollars in profits.
  • Munn v. Illinois

    Munn v. Illinois
    This was a Supreme Court Case in which a vote of 7 to 2 decided that states can regulate certain businesses within their borders such as railroad comapnies.
  • Haymarket Riot

    Haymarket Riot
    This event was a violent date during the times of regulating work conditions and hours. Hundreds of thousands of workers all went on strike in early May of 1886. What started peacful, quickly turned into violence when a worker made a bomb that killed police officers. This then resulted in an exchange of gunfire by the police to the workers on strike, killing four and injuring as many as 70. This was a major low point in the industustrail revolution.
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    Interstate Commerce Act
    This Act was passed in 1887 due to massive public demand for the government to regulate railroad operations. Previously individuals owned railroad companied in a monolpoly and made huge profits because they created prices. With the government creating prices, this makes it so its a fair price and cuts the profits of the owners which is what the people wanted
  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Sherman Antitrust Act
    The Sherman Trust Act was introduced by John Sherman. This act was passed to keep an eye on any business that was trying to monopolise any part of trade or commerce. This was passed inorder to keep an eye on companies involoved with foreign trade.
  • Homestead Strike

    Homestead Strike
    Beginning in Jun 30, 1892, workers of the Carnegie Steel Company went on strike after after a proposed wage cut. An armed battle between the ompany and the wokers on July 6, 1982 resulted several deaths occured. On November 30, 1892, the workers resumed there positions with no cuts. This was a huge hit for unionism of the steel comapnies.
  • Pullman Strike

    Pullman Strike
    This event started off when factory members of the Pullman Palace Car Company walking out over a dispute about wages. They then went to the American Railway Union for support. The ARU agreed to no longer work with trains associated with Pullman cars. This deeply crippled railroad traffic until the federal government stepped in and forib any further boycotts activities. This became a big eye opener for the federal government, making it so they watched the industrail revolution more closey.
  • The Wright Brothers Soar High

    The Wright Brothers Soar High
    On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers Orville and Wilbur took flight in the very first airplane flight. The Wright Brothers are two heros in the industrail revolution. They were engineers and pioneers, and are the first people to prove the sky is the limit to mankind.
  • Lochner v NY Decision

    Lochner v NY Decision
    The Bakery Act was passed in New York and made it so bakery workers could not work more than 60 hours a week and 10 hours a day. Joesph Lochner was convicted of breaking the law twice. This case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court and was a huge landmark in labor law regulations. The case was ruled in Lochner's favor by a 5-4 vote.