Cullinan, Joseph Stephen
- Yanek Mieczkowski
Cullinan, Joseph Stephen (31 December 1860–11 March 1937), oil industry executive, was born near Sharon, Pennsylvania, the son of John Francis Cullinan, an oil field worker, and Mary Considine. Joseph’s parents, who were both Irish immigrants, moved the family to Oil Creek, Pennsylvania, when he was eight. When he was fourteen, Joseph left school to help support the family. Working in the oil fields of western Pennsylvania, he gained valuable experience in the industry. In 1882 he joined Standard Oil’s major transportation affiliate, the National Transit Company of Oil City, Pennsylvania, and soon became a foreman. He was reassigned to Lima, Ohio, in 1888 and became a superintendent in Standard Oil’s major transportation affiliate in the Ohio-Indiana region, the Buckeye Pipe Line Company. It was in Lima that Cullinan met Lucie Halm, a merchant’s daughter, whom he married in 1891. They had two sons and three daughters....