Defense Witness – John D. Rockefeller (Grant), Direct Examination (L. Lily) DE: My name is _____ and I will be conducting the Direct Examination for Defense Witness John D. Rockefeller. Your honor, May I proceed? DE: Please state your name.
R: John D. Rockefeller.
DE: What is your occupation?
R: I am the owner of the Standard Oil Company.
DE: How did you achieve this position?
R: I went into business as a young man and became successful in a partnership with other businessmen. Then, I began buying up oil refineries until I had about 97% of all oil refineries in the country. DE: Mr. Rockefeller, what else did you do in order to become so successful? R: I have adopted various efficient business practices.
DE: Is one of them a trust? Are you acquainted with this word? R: Yes. It is when several large companies are controlled by a single Board of Directors, known as a trust. DE: And, have you engaged in such a trust?
R: Yes. I created a trust like this with several other oil companies. DE: Mr. Rockefeller, are you familiar with the term petroleum? R: Of course. I mass produce refined petroleum.
DE: How do you benefit the community by doing so?
R: Well, first, my practices have created many jobs for the people. In addition, this is the only way to meet the demands of our industrial age. DE: You’re known as one of the most successful businessmen, and is quite wealthy. Do you give back to the society? R: Absolutely. I have contributed large sums of money to deserving charities to make our society better for ALL. I always give back. DE: Thank you Mr. Rockefeller. Nothing further at this time.