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William L. Mellon

Gulf Oil Corporation

1909 - 1930

Utilities & Energy

1900 b. 1868
Born-Died1868 - 1940
BirthplacePennsylvania (PA)
FatherOwner, Large Business
Era - 1900

Under Mellonís management, the firm became a pioneer on several fronts. He opened the nationís first service stations in 1913 became and expanded into international oil exploration. By the mid-1920s, Gulfís refinery at Port Arthur, Texas, was the largest in the world. Despite the Depression, Gulf Oil, under Mellonís management, became the nationís fourth largest oil producer and ranked among the top five integrated companies in the world.