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Samuel Kier

Born: Jul 19, 1813

Death: Oct 6, 1874

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Samuel Kier

Date of Birth : Jul 19, 1813
Date of Death : Oct 6, 1874

Samuel Martin Kier was an American inventor and businessman who is credited with founding the American petroleum refining industry. He was the first person in the United States to refine crude oil into lamp oil. Kier has been dubbed the Grandfather of the American Oil Industry by historians.


  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur
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