Laurance Spelman Rockefeller

Brief Life History of Laurance Spelman

When Laurance Spelman Rockefeller was born on 26 May 1910, in New York City, New York, United States, his father, John Davison Rockefeller Jr, was 36 and his mother, Abigail Greene Aldrich, was 35. He married Mary Billings French on 28 July 1934, in Woodstock, Windsor, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1938 and lived in New York, United States in 1973 and Asia in 1978. He died on 11 July 2004, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, United States.

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Laurance Spelman Rockefeller
Mary Billings French
Marriage: 28 July 1934
Laura Spelman Rockefeller

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  • Lawrence Rockefeller, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Laurance Rockefeller, "Arizona, Mesa LDS Family History Center, Obituary Index, 1959-2014"
  • Laurance Spelman Rockefeller, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)


The Standard Oil Company had reached a point of almost complete monopoly, managing over 90% of oil flows in the United States. The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey was a large, integrated association that produced, transported, refined, and marketed the product. In 1911, the Supreme Court declared that the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. As a result, it was split into 34 smaller companies.

1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.

1935 · The FBI is Established

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Rockenfeller: habitational name for someone from the village of Rockenfeld near Neuwied, Rhineland, named in Middle High German with rocke ‘rye’ (Old High German rocko) + feld ‘open country’. Compare Rockafellow .

History: The Rockefellers trace their origin to Johann Peter Rockenfeller, who emigrated to North America in 1723. His descendant, the millionaire industrialist John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), founder of Standard Oil, was born in Richford, NY; his father was a commodities dealer and farm owner.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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