Godfrey Stillman Rockefeller

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Godfrey Stillman Rockefeller (May 1, 1899 – February 23, 1983) was an American financier and chairman of the Cranston Print Works, a Rockefeller-owned textile company.[1]

Early life[edit]

Godfrey Stillman Rockefeller was born on May 1, 1899 and was the second son of William Goodsell Rockefeller (1870–1922) and Sarah Elizabeth "Elsie" Stillman (1872–1935). His paternal grandfather was William Rockefeller (1841–1922), brother of John D. Rockefeller, the co-founders of Standard Oil.[2] His maternal grandfather was James Jewett Stillman (1850–1918), a businessman who was chairman of the board of directors of the National City Bank.[3] He was a member of the Skull and Bones society and graduated from Yale University in 1921.


Rockefeller served as a second lieutenant in World War One and served as a lieutenant colonel during World War Two. He was partner in Clark, Dodge & Company; stockholder in the Enterprise Development Corporation; chairman of the Cranston Print Works; director of Benson & Hedges; trustee of the Fairfield Foundation; and had been a director of Freeport-McMoRan since December 1931.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Helen Gratz, brother-in-law of Edward H. Watson. They were the parents of five children:[1]

Rockefeller died on February 23, 1983 of leukemia in Greenwich, Connecticut.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Godfrey S. Rockefeller, Dies; Executive in Textiles Was 83". The New York Times. 25 February 1983. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "William Rockefeller Dies At Home; Cold Contracted In Rain Fatal". The New York Times. June 25, 1922. Retrieved 2011-01-11. Rockefeller, a founder of the Standard Oil company and one of the wealthiest men in the United States, died of pneumonia Saturday morning at his home. 
  3. ^ "James Stillman, Head Of City Bank, Dies Suddenly". New York Times. Mar 16, 1918. Retrieved 2012-09-16. James Stillman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National City Bank, the Presidency of which he resigned in 1908, when he was succeeded by Frank A. Vanderlip, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at 5:30 O'clock at his home, 9 East Seventy-second Street. ... 

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