William Goodsell Rockefeller

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William Goodsell Rockefeller

William Goodsell Rockefeller (May 21, 1870 – November 30, 1922) was a director of the Consolidated Textile Company and a member of the prominent Rockefeller family.

Early life[edit]

Born on May 21, 1870, Rockefeller was the third child of Standard Oil co-founder William Avery Rockefeller Jr. (1841–1922) and Almira Geraldine Goodsell.


His father had become a large shareholder of the National City Bank and his alliance with the Stillman family was sealed by the marriage of his two sons with two Stillman daughters. Rockefeller's brother, director Percy Avery Rockefeller (1878–1934), married Elsie's sister Isabel Goodrich Stillman.


On November 21, 1895, Rockefeller married Sarah Elizabeth "Elsie" Stillman, daughter of National City Bank president James Jewett Stillman and Sarah Elizabeth Rumrill. They had four sons and a daughter:

  1. William Avery Rockefeller III (August 8, 1896 – October 14, 1973)[1]
  2. Godfrey Stillman Rockefeller (May 1, 1899 – February 23, 1983)
  3. James Stillman Rockefeller (June 8, 1902 – August 10, 2004)
  4. John Sterling Rockefeller (October 28, 1904 – May 10, 1988)
  5. Almira Geraldine Rockefeller (December 28, 1907 – June 11, 1997)[2]

He died from pneumonia on November 30, 1922.[3]


  1. ^ "The Rockefeller family, one of the most powerful families in the history of the United States". Agent4Stars. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Almira Scott Of Edgemont, 89". New York Times. June 14, 1997. Retrieved January 11, 2011. Almira R. Scott, 89, of Kirkwood Farm, Edgemont, a horsewoman, died Wednesday of heart failure at the medical care facility at Dunwoody Village. She had been in declining health and had suffered several strokes in the last two years. Mrs. Scott was the daughter of William G. Rockefeller, once the treasurer of Standard Oil Co., and a granddaughter of James Stillman, who developed the National City Bank of New York. Born in New York City, she attended the Chapin School there and the Ethel..... 
  3. ^ "W. G. Rockefeller Dies of Pneumonia; Nephew of John D., Stricken on Monday, Suffered Relapse Wednesday. In Many Corporations. Elected Only Last Tuesday a Director of the Consolidated Textile Company". New York Times. December 1, 1922. Retrieved January 11, 2011. WWilliam Goodsell Rockefeller, son of the late William Rockefeller, nephew of John D. Rockefeller and brother-in-law of James A. Stillman, died at twenty minutes before 10 last night of double pneumonia at his home, 292 Madison Avenue. Mr. Rockefeller returned from his office Monday complaining of a chill, and his physician ordered him to bed.....