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Wise in Wise County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Napoleon Hill Marker
Inscription.  Napoleon Hill was born nearby on 26 Oct. 1883. At age 13, he became a “mountain reporter” for small town newspapers. He left Southwest Virginia in 1908 to write magazine profiles of such business leaders as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. Hill virtually invented the gospel of personal achievement by distilling their principles of financial success into several motivational books. He published Think and Grow Rich, the century’s most popular such book, in 1937. Hill lectured widely and served as an advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, he died in Greenville, SC, on 7 Nov. 1870.
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KA-14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
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58.514′ N, 82° 35.639′ W. Marker is in Wise, Virginia, in Wise County. Marker is on Orby Cantrell Highway (U.S. 23) just north of the traffic light for Lowes Home Improvement, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wise VA 24293, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wise (approx. 0.6 miles away); E.M. Fulton House (approx. ¾ mile away); Gladeville in the Civil War (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Wise (approx. 0.9 miles away); The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (approx. 1.9 miles away); Norton / Coeburn (approx. 2.7 miles away); Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Norton (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wise.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “Napoleon Hill considered the turning point in his life to have occurred in the year 1908 with his assignment, as part of a series of articles about famous and successful men, to interview the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. According to Hill's latter books, at the time of his meeting, Carnegie was one of the most powerful men in the world. Hill discovered that Carnegie believed that the process of success could be outlined in a simple formula that anyone would be able to understand and achieve.
Napoleon Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Napoleon Hill Marker
Impressed with Hill, Carnegie asked him if he was up to the task of putting together this information, to interview or analyze over 500 successful men and women, many of them millionaires, in order to discover and publish this formula for success.” (Submitted on November 22, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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