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Harry Sinclair

(1876-1956)

  • Born in Virginia, grew up in Independence
  • Acquired White Oil Company in 1901
  • Formed Sinclair Oil in 1916
  • By end of the 1920s his company was producing 80,000 barrels of oil a day and had more than 900 miles of pipeline
  • His involvement in government oil leases became part of the Teapot Dome scandal and led to a short prison term

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

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