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Daniel Drew

(1797—1879)


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Daniel Drew was born on his family's farm near Carmel, New York, on 29 July 1797 and died in New York on 18 September 1879. Raised on a small farm in New York state, Drew was forced to quit school at an early age to help run the struggling enterprise. In his late teens he held a number of jobs as a cattle drover. An incurable schemer, he developed a technique of feeding his herd salt and allowing them to drink large quantities of water the night before a sale, thereby adding some fifty pounds to each head of cattle. He sold such ‘watered stock’ to Henry Astor, a prosperous New York City butcher and brother of fur and real estate tycoon John Jacob Astor, who subsequently and inexplicably had partnerships with Drew in other business dealings.

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From The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Management and Management Techniques.


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