Archbold, John D. (John Dustin), 1848-1916

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John Dustin Archbold (1848-1916) was born in Leesburg, Ohio. He was a capitalist, philanthropist, and President of the Board of Trustees at Syracuse University. He was known as John D. Rockefeller’s right hand man at the Standard Oil Company and was the company's frequent spokesperson. After the Standard Oil Company's dissolution in 1911 due to a Supreme Court decision, he became president of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, a position he occupied until his death. He was a close friend of Syracuse University Chancellor James R. Day, and gave almost $4,000,000 to the University over his lifetime. His donations financed the construction of the Archbold Stadium, Archbold Gymnasium, and the Sims Hall dormitory.

He was at a times a controversial figure, appearing often as the voice of Standard Oil during the federal government hearings leading to the breaking up of the oil trust. In 1915 he was subject to a failed assassination attempt by an unknown assailant. His generosity to Syracuse University and his humble demeanor (he preferred that no buildings be named after him and kept a low public profile), made him a popular and greatly admired figure among the University community.


Dictionary of American Biography, vol 1, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928-1958. New York Times, “J.D. Archbold Dies: Mourned by Many,” December 6, 1916, p. 9. Syracuse Post-Standard, “John D. Archbold and George C. Boldt Expire on the Same Day,” December 6, 1916, p. 1. Syracuse Post-Standard, “Gifts to University From Mr. Archbold Nearly $4,000,000,” December 6, 1916.

John Dana Archbold (1910-1993) was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was a philanthropist, engineer, conservationist, businessman, dairy farmer, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and trustee emeritus of Syracuse University. He financed the renovation of Syracuse Stage’s Archbold Theater in 1980, formally known as Regent Theater. He attended Princeton University (’34) and University of Geneva, Switzerland. He gave frequently to educational causes, and owned properties in Virginia and the British West Indies.


Syracuse Herald Journal, “Archbold Makes Generosity Simple,” June 16, 1980. Additional material from the Syracuse University Archives.

From the guide to the John D. Archbold Collection, 1929-1962, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library)

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creatorOf John D. Archbold Collection, 1929-1962 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937,. John D. Rockefeller interview, 1917-1920 [combined text-microfiche ed.]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Archibald family. Archbold, Gebauer and Dana families papers, 1838-1978. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Baron-Forness Library
creatorOf John D. Archbold letter to Hamilton Holt, 1907 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John D. Archbold Family Papers 1886-1921. Syracuse University
referencedIn Archbold Family Collection, 1790-1916 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf R. Guastavino Company. Mausoleum at Tarrytown, N.Y. for John D. Archibold Esq. [graphic] : [detail drawing of dome in section] / R. Guastavino Co. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Parker, Charles Astor, 1867-1957. Charles Astor Parker papers, 1861-1952. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Autograph File, A, 1518-2002. Houghton Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
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associatedWith Archbold family family
associatedWith Archbold family. family
associatedWith Archibald family family
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Holt, Hamilton, 1872-1951 person
associatedWith Parker, Charles Astor, 1867-1957. person
associatedWith R. Guastavino Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937, person
associatedWith Standard Oil Company corporateBody
associatedWith Standard Oil Company of New Jersey corporateBody
associatedWith Standard Oil Trust corporateBody
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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Rotary combustion engines
Science and medicine
Cookery, American
Archbold family, Genealogy
Archbold, John D. (John Dustin), 1848-1916, Biography
Business and industry
Diesel motor
John Dana Archbold, Finance, Personal
Marine diesel motors
Marine engineering
New business enterprises
New York (State)
Patent law and legislation
Patent laws and legislation
Petroleum industry and trade
Photography, Printing processes, Patents


Birth 1848-07-26

Death 1916-12-06



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