Report of the Special Committee on Railroads(1879)
In 1879 the New York State Assembly came out with its Report of the Special Committee on Railroads, the result of hearings conducted on the railroad industry in that state. Its report was one small chapter in the history of the alliance—some would have said unholy alliance—between the railroads and the oil-refining industry. Although the committee was nominally investigating the railroads, the real target of its investigation was the Standard Oil Company under the leadership of the industrial magnate John D. Rockefeller.
Beginning in 1870, the nation's rail system began to expand...
John D. Rockefeller (Library of Congress)View Full Size