Monroe Jackson Rathbone II

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Monroe Jackson Rathbone II
Born(1900-03-01)March 1, 1900
DiedAugust 2, 1976(1976-08-02) (aged 76)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materLehigh University
OccupationChairman, CEO & President of
Standard Oil of New Jersey
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
SuccessorMichael Lawrence Haider
SpouseEleanor Groves
RelativesJackson Rathbone (great-grandson)

Monroe Jackson Rathbone II (March 1, 1900 – August 2, 1976) was an American businessman who was the chairman, president, and CEO of Standard Oil of New Jersey (now the Exxon Corporation).

Early life and education[edit]

Rathbone was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Ida Virginia (née Welch) and Monroe Jackson Rathbone.[1][2] Rathbone received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1921.[3]

Business career[edit]

Rathbone joined Standard Oil of New Jersey in 1921 as a design engineer at the Baton Rouge refinery of Standard Oil of Louisiana. In 1923, he was promoted to the operations division of Louisiana Standard as an experimental engineer. In 1924, he was named assistant to the general superintendent. In 1926, he became general superintendent, then assistant general manager and vice president. In 1944, he was appointed president and director of Standard 's new Esso Division. In 1949, he was named to the board of directors of the parent Standard Oil Company. In 1953, Rathbone was named president of Standard Oil of New Jersey, and in 1959 he was named CEO. In 1962, he was elected chairman of the board of directors of Standard Oil of New Jersey. He retired in 1965.[4]

He served on the boards of directors for many other major corporations, including Bethlehem Steel, American Telephone and Telegraph, and Prudential Insurance, and on such private groups as the Deafness Research Foundation, the National Fund for Medical Education, and the Council for Financial Aid to Education. He was active in the Lehigh Alumni Association, serving as board chairman and president; was board chairman of the American Petroleum Institute and a director of Junior Achievement. During World War II, he served on President Roosevelt's Business Council.

Personal life[edit]

Rathbone was married in 1922 to Eleanor Groves, and had two children - Virginia and Dr. Monroe Jackson Rathbone III. Jackson Rathbone is Rathbone's great-grandson.

A resident of Summit, New Jersey, Rathbone maintained a country home near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[4]

Rathbone died at the age of 76 on August 2, 1976, at Baton Rouge General Hospital.[3]


  1. ^ "Monroe Jackson Rathbone (1874-1928) - Find A". Find a Grave.
  2. ^[bare URL]
  3. ^ a b Saxon, Wolfgang. "Monroe J. Rathbone Dies at 76; Former Exxon Chief Executive", The New York Times, August 3, 1976. Accessed March 15, 2016. "Monroe Jackson Rathbone, retired board chairman and chief executive officer of the Exxon Corporation and one of the most important figures in the history of the oil industry, died yesterday at General Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. He was 76 years old."
  4. ^ a b Carmical, J.H. "JERSEY STANDARD FILLS TOP POSTS; Two Executives Promoted -- Rathbone Is Retiring", The New York Times, February 16, 1965. Accessed March 15, 2016. "Mr. Rathbone said he would continue to live in Summit, N. J., but also expected to spend more of his time at his country home near Baton Rouge."

External links[edit]