Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) / Carnegie Library of Steubenville

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) / Carnegie Library of Steubenville (HM16RS)

Location: Steubenville, OH 43952 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 21.306', W 80° 37.078'

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Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. He immigrated to Allegheny City Pennsylvania with his family when he was 13. While operating the telegraphs for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Carnegie perceived the great need for steel in the railroad industry. With this insight, he founded the Carnegie Steel Corporation which operated for 35 years before he sold it to J.P. Morgan in 1901. Andrew Carnegie wrote the article, "Wealth" in 1889 in which he said that a responsible person of wealth should help his fellow man. Carnegie's philanthropy provided 2,509 libraries throughout the world. Carnegie was already familiar with the city when he wrote a letter to offer funds to build the Steubenville library on June 30, 1899.

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Carnegie Library of Steubenville
As a young man, Carnegie was sent to a Steubenville telegraph office when a flood destroyed the wires between Steubenville and Wheeling. As part of his offer to build the library, Carnegie stipulated that the city's citizens would have to provide the site and money to maintain the library. The library was one of the first funded by Carnegie in Ohio and opened on March 12, 1902. Designed by the Pittsburgh architectural firm of Alden & Harlow, the Richardsonian Romanesque building shares its style with a smaller Oakmont Pennsylvania library. Both libraries were designed using features of the 1888 Cambridge Massachusetts city hall. The diagonal brick patterns on the ends of the structure are unique to this building. This library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
HM NumberHM16RS
Series This marker is part of the Carnegie Libraries series, and the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series.
Marker Number10-41
Year Placed2012
Placed ByPublic Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County Trust Fund and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 11:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 532440 N 4467241
Decimal Degrees40.35510000, -80.61796667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 21.306', W 80° 37.078'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 21' 18.36" N, 80° 37' 4.68" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-439 S 4th St, Steubenville OH 43952, US
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