Why Pittsburgh Pulled
Ahead of Cleveland
'Pittsburgh was already established as the nation's premier industrial city and Carnegie's name indelibly associated with it. Just as he was not content to be regarded only as a businessperson, so too did he not want his American hometown to be known only for its smokestacks. His goal, as he would write William Frew in 1897, was that 'not only our own country, but the civilized world will take note of the fact that our Dear Old Smoky Pittsburgh, no longer content to be celebrated as one of the chief manufacturing centres, has entered upon the path to higher things, and is before long, as we thoroughly believe, also to be noted for her preeminence in the arts and sciences.' He would continue to contribute his money and his ideas toward this goal for the rest of his life.'
--from Andrew Carnegie, a magisterial new biography by David Nasaw