John Davison Rockefeller Jr.

Died aged 86

John Davison Rockefeller Jr. (January 29, 1874 – May 11, 1960) was an American financier and philanthropist, and the only son of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. He was often known as "Junior", to distinguish him from his father. He was involved in the development of the vast office complex in Midtown Manhattan known as Rockefeller Center, making him one of the largest real estate holders in the city. Towards the end of his life, he was famous for his philanthropy, donating over $500 million to a wide variety of different causes, notably in educational establishments. Among his more notable projects was the reconstruction of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. He was widely blamed for having orchestrated the Ludlow Massacre. Rockefeller was the father of six children: Abby, John III, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop, and David.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Rockefeller Center Rockefeller Center is one of the foremost architectural projects undertaken in America in terms of scope, urban planning and integration of architecture, art and landscaping. It was developed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The center's original architects were: Reinhard & Hofmeister; Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux; and Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray. The original complex of fourteen buildings was constructed between 1931 and 1939, and provided jobs for thousands of laborers in the building industries throughout the Depression.

, New York, NY, United States where they was

Au lendemain de la guerre mondiale, un citoyen des Etats-Unis d’Amérique , John D. Rockefeller Junior , par de magnifiques libéralités , a contribué avec l’Etat Français à la restauration de la Cathédrale de Reims. Ces combles ont été reconstruits grâce à ses généreuses donations. En inscrivant le nom de John D. Rockefeller Junior, le Gouvernement de la République a voulu lui témoigner la gratitude du peuple français.

English translation: In the aftermath of the World War, a citizen of the United States of America, John D. Rockefeller Junior, by magnificent gifts, contributed with the French State to the restoration of the Cathedral of Reims. These attics were rebuilt thanks to his generous donations. By inscribing the name of John D. Rockefeller Junior, the Government of the Republic wanted to show him the gratitude of the French people.

Place du Cardinal Luçon, Reims, France where they donated