♦ CHAPTER SIX ♦The GeniusThe man who reinvented the corporation (1850-1880)
An electric brain and cool quiet manner.—Congressman Albert Riddle, describing Assistant Secretary of War Tom Scott
UNLIKE MANY OF THE OTHER institutions that shape the human world, the modern corporation did not have a charismatic founder or advocate. In contrast to other realms where the signature of a single mind is clearly imprinted, the corporation lacks the mark of any particular historical personality. There was never a Mohammed to take divine dictation, no Saint Paul to journey forth and establish chapters, no Martin Luther to nail a manifesto to the door of the old establishment, no Jefferson to pen an announcement of freedom.
Or was there?
In the decade ...