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James Stillman Rockefeller

James Stillman Rockefeller
Rockefeller, Time, 1924
Born (1902-06-08)June 8, 1902
New York City, New York
Died August 10, 2004(2004-08-10) (aged 102)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Cause of death Stroke
Education Yale University (1924)
Spouse(s) Nancy Carnegie
Parent(s) William Goodsell Rockefeller
Elsie Stillman
Relatives James Stillman, maternal grandfather
James Stillman Rockefeller
Medal record
Men's rowing
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
1924 Paris Men's eight

James Stillman Rockefeller (June 8, 1902 – August 10, 2004) was a member of the prominent U.S. Rockefeller family. He won an Olympic rowing title for the United States then became president of Citigroup. He was a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and a member of the board of overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.[1]


  • Personal life 1
  • Legacy 2
  • Business career 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Personal life

He was born on June 8, 1902 to William Goodsell Rockefeller and Elsie Stillman in New York City.[1]

He graduated from Yale University in 1924, where he was elected to Scroll and Key and Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. That same year Rockefeller captained a crew of Yale teammates that included Benjamin Spock. They won a gold medal in rowing at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.[1]

He appeared on the cover of Time magazine on July 7, 1924.

He spent six years with the Wall Street banking firm of Brown Bros. & Co..[1]

On April 15, 1925, he married Nancy Carnegie, grandniece of Andrew Carnegie.

During World War II, Rockefeller served in the Airborne Command.[1]

He had four children: James Jr., Nancy, Andrew, and Georgia.

He lived in

Business positions
Preceded by
Howard C. Sheperd
Chairman of First National City Bank
Succeeded by
George S. Moore
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
William Howard Taft
Cover of Time Magazine
7 July 1924
Succeeded by
Alexey Rykov
  • Time Magazine Cover July 7, 1924
  • Yale Olympic Rower Passes Away at 102

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "James S. Rockefeller, 102, Dies; Was a Banker and a '24 Olympian".  
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Davyd Foard Hood and Margaret Stephenson (August 1993). "Long Valley Farm" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  4. ^ Citigroup Company history - CitiBank - 1940-55


James Stillman Rockefeller also concerned himself with other family investments, and prior to his death was America's oldest living Olympic champion, and the earliest living cover subject of Time magazine.

Under each of his successors, the bank's name has changed: George Moore shortened it to "First National City Bank" and formed a holding company, First National City Corp.; under Walter B. Wriston these became "Citibank" and "Citicorp"; under John Reed the firm merged with Travelers Group to become Citigroup.

Rockefeller joined the National City Bank in 1930 after working at Brown Brothers Harriman and served as [4] It was during his tenure that the bank merged with the smaller First National Bank and took the name The First National City Bank of New York.

Business career

Rockefeller was survived by four children, fourteen grandchildren, thirty-seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter. His house was sold in 2004 for $13.4 million and resold again in 2009 for $23.9 million. His wife, Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller, died in 1994 after 68 years of marriage.


He died on August 10, 2004 in Greenwich, Connecticut following a stroke.[1]

He became the full owner of Long Valley Farm near Spring Lake in Cumberland County and Harnett County, North Carolina in January 1937.[3]

He joined the National City Bank in New York in 1930 and was president from 1952 to 1959 and chairman from 1959 to 1967. He retired as chairman in 1967.[1]


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