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CHARLES RANLETT FLINT (January 24, 1850 – February 26, 1934) was an American and was the founder of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company which later became IBM
IBM
. For his financial dealings he earned the moniker "Father of Trusts".

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life and family * 2 Business career * 3 Legacy * 4 Bibliography * 5 References * 6 External links

EARLY LIFE AND FAMILY

Flint was born on January 24, 1850 in Thomaston , Maine
Maine
. His father, Benjamin Chapman, had changed the family name to Flint after being adopted by an uncle on his mother's side. The family moved from Maine
Maine
to New York City
New York City
where his father ran the family's mercantile firm Chapman & Flint, which had been founded in 1837.

BUSINESS CAREER

In 1868, Charles Flint graduated from the New York University - Tandon School of Engineering (then Polytechnic University of New York) in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
, and in 1871 entered the shipping business as a partner in Gilchrest, Flint & Co., and later W.R. Grace & Co. after a merger .

From 1876 to 1879, he served as the Chilean consul at New York City. He also served as consul general to the United States
United States
for Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

In 1892, he consolidated several companies to form U.S. Rubber . In 1899 he repeated the same with Adams Chewing Gum , Chiclets
Chiclets
, Dentyne , and Beemans
Beemans
to form American Chicle . He was also responsible for the formation of American Woolen in 1899.

In 1911 he formed the Computing-Tabulating-Rec