Edwin Drake, the Inventor of Oil Drilling
Edwin Drake, though dogged persistence, accomplished the feat of extracting oil by drilling into the earth. This PBS web page provides some biographical information on Drake and tells the story of the world's first oil well.
Edwin Drake Drilled the First Oil Well in Pennsylvania in 1859
The first oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859 by Edwin Drake, who started the modern oil industry though he would only drill three oil wells in his brief career.