Do you know who created our first public libraries?
If you guessed Andrew Carnegie, you are correct. Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, Scotland.
Young Andy, as he was, called, moved to the United States with his family in Pittsburgh. A few years after the journey, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph. Around the age of twelve, Andrew got his first job as a telegraph messenger.
As an adult, Andrew Carnegie was promoted to a telegraph officer. With the money he made, Andrew was soon able to buy a house. Later, he quit his job to explore other types of work and joined a train company that built their trains with beds so that passengers could rest on long trips.
Later in his life, Andrew moved to New York and started the Carnegie Steel Company. He started the company when he learned that steel was much easier to use and get than iron. Carnegie began making a big profit.
Further, in his life, Carnegie started the system of public libraries because he thought people should be more educated. I think that Andrew Carnegie changed the world because if there were no libraries, I may have never checked out the biography that I used to give you all this wonderful information. In addition, Andrew Carnegie libraries gave everyone the opportunity to read, even if they could not afford to buy a book.
Here is a hyperlink to a time line of Carnegie's life.
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