Cornplanter Township, Pennsylvania

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Cornplanter Township is a township in Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,687 at the 2000 census.

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History

McClintocksville was a small community in Cornplanter Township in Venango County, Pennsylvania. In 1861, it was the site of Wamsutta Oil Refinery, the first business venture of Henry Huttleston Rogers, who became a leading United States capitalist, businessman, industrialist, financier, and philanthropist. Rogers and his young wife Abbie Palmer Gifford Rogers lived in a one room shack there along Oil Creek for several years.

Shortly later, Rogers met oil pioneer Charles Pratt who purchased the entire output of the tiny Wamsutta Oil Refinery. In 1867, Rogers joined Pratt in forming Charles Pratt and Company, which was purchased by Standard Oil in 1874. Rogers became one of the key men in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust.

After joining Standard Oil, Rogers invested heavily in various industries, including copper, steel, mining, and railways. The Virginian Railway is widely considered his final life's achievement. Rogers amassed a great fortune, estimated at over $100 million, and became one of the wealthiest men in the United States.

He was also a generous philanthropist, providing many public works for his hometown of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and financially assisting helping such notables as Mark Twain, Helen Keller, and Booker T. Washington.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.8 square miles (97.9 km²), of which, 37.3 square miles (96.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.30%) is water. Part of the Oil Creek State Park is located here.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,687 people, 1,034 households, and 767 families residing in the township. The population density was 72.0 people per square mile (27.8/km²). There were 1,179 housing units at an average density of 31.6/sq mi (12.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.81% White, 0.41% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

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