Mellon family

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The Mellon family is a wealthy and influential family originally of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, and its vicinity. The center of the family fortune was Mellon Bank founded 1869 and growing into one of America's largest before its 2007 merger into the Bank of New York Mellon. From the family's base in banking and finance they became principal investors and majority owners of Gulf Oil (founded 1901 becoming Chevron-Texaco in 1985), Alcoa (since 1886), The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (since 1970), Koppers (since 1912), New York Shipbuilding (1899-1968) and Carborundum Corporation,[1] as well as their major financial and ownership influence on Westinghouse, H.J. Heinz, Newsweek, U.S. Steel, Credit Suisse First Boston and General Motors. The family also founded the National Gallery in both art works and funds, claims one of the longest serving U.S. Treasury Secretaries, and is a patron to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, and with art the University of Virginia. Carnegie Mellon, and its Mellon College of Science, is named in honor of the family as well as for its founder, Andrew Carnegie, who was a close associate of the Mellons.

The family's founding patriarch was Judge Thomas Mellon (1813–1908),[2] a son of Andrew Mellon and Rececca Wauchob who were Scotch-Irish farmers from Camp Hill Cottage, Lower Castletown, parish of Cappagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and emigrated to what is now the Pittsburgh suburb of north-central Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The family can be divided into four branches:

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  3. ^ Griffiths, Charlotte (2 January 2011). "Tamara Mellon's ex-husband Matthew becomes a dad for the second time". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
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  5. ^ McNulty, Timothy. "′Throwback′ to the golden age of wealth and power in the city". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Tanfani, Joseph (25 July 2013). "Late heiress' anti-immigration efforts live on". Los Angeles Times.