Ida Tarbell

Ida_M_Tarbell_crop-600x600Allegheny Alumna, Class of 1880

Ida Minerva Tarbell (November 5, 1857 – January 6, 1944) was a teacher, author and journalist. A leading “muckraker” of the progressive era, she is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company, which was listed as No. 5 in a 1999 list by New York University of the top 100 works of 20th-century American journalism.