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1956 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Allen B. Gellman*

Elgin-American Company

"When I came to America from Hungary, I saw opportunity everywhere I looked even though it was the height of the Depression."

Allen Gellman was a Hungarian immigrant who came to the United States in 1930, at the height of the Depression. He received little education but traveled from one end of America to the other as an itinerant machine operator. He studied business administration at Northwestern School of Commerce in the evenings and engineering at the Lewis Institute of Technology. A bank executive became interested in Gellman's metalworking and machine improvements and hired him to direct the bank. Ten years after landing in America, he was a partner in his own firm and had become an expert in industrial design. Allen Gellman was president of the Elgin-American Company, the world's largest manufacturer of jewelry and accessories.

* Deceased