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DRAKE, Edwin Laurentine [1819-1880] -- American oil magnate

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American oil industry pioneer. President (from 1858) of the Seneca Oil Company, he was the first to obtain oil from beneath the surface of the earth by drilling (1859, Titusville, PA).  -30-
 

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1854
Drake's wife dies
1857
Illness forces him to quit his railroad job
1857ca
Drake arrives in Titusville (as "Col." E.L. Drake) to inspect oil seepages
1858/03/23
Seneca Oil Company of Connecticut is incorporated, with Drake as largest stockholder
1858/04
Now remarried, Drake takes his family to Titusville
1859/08/27
Drake's first successful well strikes oil
1859/10/07
Drake's original derrick and well house burns to the ground

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Col. Edwin Drake and his oil well, from an old stock certificate

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