FRICK, HENRY CLAY
HENRY CLAY FRICK (1849-1919). Frick was a steel and coke manufacturer known as "The Coke King". At twenty-one, Frick borrowed money from Judge Thomas Mellon to invest in the coke business and by thirty had a net worth of $1,000,000. In 1881, Andrew Carnegie acquired stock in Frick's company, with a split between the two occurring over labor problems in 1887. Two years later, Frick was invited to acquire an interest in the Carnegie Brothers steel company, becoming chairman and reorganizing the business which was in a discouraging state of condition. An fierce anti-unionist, Frick was shot twice during the Homestead strike. Twelve years later, he played an essential role in bringing about the sale of the company into the new corporation being formed as United States Steel Corporation.