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John Jacob Astor IV

John Astor IV and Madeleine Astor
Born July 13, 1864
Rhinebeck, New York
Died April 15, 1912 (aged 47)
North Atlantic Ocean
crushed to death during Titanic disaster
Spouse Ava Willing (1891-1909)
Madeleine Talmadge Force (1911-1912)
Children Vincent Astor (b.1892)
Ava Astor (b.1902)
John Jacob Astor VI (b.1912)

John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864April 15, 1912) was an American millionaire businessman, inventor, writer, a member of the prominent Astor family, and a lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War. He died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912. Image File history File links Information. ... Non copyright pre 1923 image. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Rhinebeck is a village located in the Town of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Atlantic (disambiguation) The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one-fifth of its surface. ... John Jacob Astor and Madeleine Astor Madeleine Talmage Astor Dick Fiermonte (June 19, 1893 – March 27, 1940) was born in Brooklyn, New York City and became famous in 1911 when she married millionaire John Jacob Astor IV. While traveling abroad to avoid the gossip generated by her marriage, Madeleine Astor... John Jacob Astor VI (August 14, 1912 - June 26, 1992) was a member of the prominent Astor family. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Astor family, founded by the German immigrant John Jacob Astor and his wife Sarah Todd, became the wealthiest family in the United States during the 19th century. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... Combatants United States Republic of Cuba Philippine Republic Spain Commanders Nelson A. Miles William R. Shafter George Dewey Máximo Gómez Emilio Aguinaldo Patricio Montojo Pascual Cervera Arsenio Linares General Ramón Blanco Casualties 3,289 U.S. dead (432 from combat); considerably higher although undetermined Cuban and Filipino... RMS Titanic was a British Olympic class passenger liner that became famous for her collision with an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and dramatic sinking on 15 April 1912. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


John Jacob Astor IV was born to William Backhouse Astor, Jr. and Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor. John Jacob IV was the great–grandson of John Jacob Astor whose fortune, made in fur trade, real estate and opium, made the Astor family one of the wealthiest in the United States. The Astor family also owned a Victorian/colonial style mansion in New Jersey, that was later owned by Lance Clarke, executive chairman of Clark Shoes. Mr Clarke's daughter, Louise Lumbard-Clarke, later sold the property in early 2001. William Backhouse Astor, Jr. ... Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor (September 22, 1830–October 30, 1908) preferred to be known simply as Mrs. ... John Jacob Astor, detail of an oil painting by Gilbert Stuart, 1794 John Jacob (originally either Johann Jakob or Johann Jacob) Astor (July 17, 1763 - March 29, 1848) was the first of the Astor family dynasty and the first millionaire in the United States, the creator of the first Trust...


Astor attended St Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and later attended Harvard University. In 1891, Astor married Ava Lowle Willing, a Philadelphia socialite. Together they had two children, William Vincent Astor and Ava Alice Muriel Astor; the latter, however, was believed by many to be Ava Astor's child by a New York socialite named Hatch. St. ... Location in Merrimack County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Merrimack County Incorporated 1733  - City Manager Thomas J. Aspell, Jr. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Ava Lowle Willing (Sept 15, 1868–June 9, 1958) was early American socialite and the first wife of John Jacob Astor IV. Ava was born in Philadelphia, PA to Mr. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Vincent Astor by Benjamin N. Duke William Vincent Astor (November 15, 1891, New York, New York, United States - February 3, 1959) was a businessman and philanthropist and a member of the prominent Astor family. ...


Among Astor's accomplishments was A Journey in Other Worlds, an 1894 science fiction novel titled about a fictional account of life in the year 2000 on the planets Saturn and Jupiter. He also patented several inventions, including a bicycle brake in 1898, a "vibratory disintegrator" used to produce gas from peat moss, a pneumatic road–improver, and helped develop a turbine engine. Astor made millions in real estate and in 1897, Astor built the Astoria Hotel which adjoined Astor’s cousin, William Waldorf Astor's, Waldorf Hotel in New York City, the complex became known as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. He is also the creator of the Astor Theater. A Journey in Other Worlds is a science fiction novel by John Jacob Astor IV, published in 1894. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 140 kPa Hydrogen >93% Helium >5% Methane 0. ... Adjectives: Jovian Atmosphere [4] Surface pressure: 20–200 kPa[9] (cloud layer) Scale height: 27 km Composition: Jupiter (IPA: or ) is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet within the solar system. ... Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Species See text. ... Table of Pneumaticks, 1728 Cyclopaedia This article is about the tool. ... A Siemens steam turbine with the case opened. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... William Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor (March 31, 1848–October 18, 1919) was a financier and statesman and a member of the prominent Astor family. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The hotels name with a single hyphen is engraved and gilded over the entrance. ... The Astor Theater was founded by John Jacob Astor IV, a victim of the RMS Titanic. ...


In 1898 Astor was appointed a lieutenant colonel of a U.S. volunteers battalion he financed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. During this time he allowed his yacht, the Nourmahal, to be used by the U.S. government. During the war Colonel Astor appeared in the films President McKinley's Inspection of Camp Wikoff in 1898 and Col. John Jacob Astor, Staff and Veterans of the Spanish–American War in 1899. In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO military graphic symbols A battalion is a military unit usually consisting of between two and six companies and typically commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. ... Combatants United States Republic of Cuba Philippine Republic Spain Commanders Nelson A. Miles William R. Shafter George Dewey Máximo Gómez Emilio Aguinaldo Patricio Montojo Pascual Cervera Arsenio Linares General Ramón Blanco Casualties 3,289 U.S. dead (432 from combat); considerably higher although undetermined Cuban and Filipino... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

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Marriage

At the age of 47, Astor married 18-year–old Madeleine Talmadge Force on September 11, 1911 in his mother's ballroom at Beechwood, the family's Newport, Rhode Island home. He had been divorced two years earlier, and Madeleine was a year younger than Astor's son, Vincent. The couple took an extended honeymoon in Europe and Egypt to wait for the scandalous gossip to calm down. Among the few Americans of the socialite class who did not spurn him at this time was Molly Brown, better known to posterity as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". She accompanied the Astors to Egypt and France and, by coincidence, was called home to the U.S. at the same time the Astors also found it necessary to abbreviate their touring. John Jacob Astor and Madeleine Astor Madeleine Talmage Astor Dick Fiermonte (June 19, 1893 – March 27, 1940) was born in Brooklyn, New York City and became famous in 1911 when she married millionaire John Jacob Astor IV. While traveling abroad to avoid the gossip generated by her marriage, Madeleine Astor... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Island, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. ... Margaret (Molly) Brown Margaret Tobin Brown (July 18, 1867 - October 26, 1932), also known as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, was an American socialite, philanthropist and activist who became famous as one of the survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ...


While traveling Madeleine became pregnant, and wanting the child born in the United States, the Astors booked first–class passage on the RMS Titanic which they boarded at Cherbourg, France. RMS Titanic was a British Olympic class passenger liner that became famous for her collision with an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and dramatic sinking on 15 April 1912. ... Cherbourg-Octeville is a town and commune in Normandy, north-west France. ...


Infamous death

Astor was the wealthiest passenger onboard the ship and, along with his wife, his party included his servant, his wife's maid and nurse and his pet Airedale, Kitty. At 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg and began sinking. At first Astor did not believe the ship was in any serious danger, but later helped his wife into a lifeboat. He asked if he could join his wife, mentioning her "delicate condition", but the officer in charge told him not until all the women and children were away. Astor reportedly stood back and asked for the lifeboat number, then after lighting a cigarette he tossed his gloves to Madeleine. Both she and Mrs. Brown survived. The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to Airedale) is a terrier dog breed originating from Airedale in Yorkshire, England. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Icebergs at Cape York, Greenland Iceberg at Cape York, Greenland Iceberg, Témpanos, Patagonia, Argentina. ... Severn class lifeboat in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England. ...


John Jacob Astor IV's body was recovered by the steamer Mackay-Bennett on April 22 not far from the sinking. He was identified by the initials sewn on the lapel of his jacket. Among the items found on him were £225 and $2,440 in cash, and a gold pocket watch which his son, Vincent, claimed and wore the rest of his life. Astor was buried in Trinity Church Cemetery in New York City. On August 14, 1912, his second son, John Jacob Astor VI was born. The CS Mackay-Bennett was a cable-laying ship based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Trinity Church Cemetery consists of three separate burial grounds associated with Trinity Church in Manhattan, New York, USA. The first was established in the Churchyard located at 74 Trinity Place at Wall Street and Broadway. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... John Jacob Astor VI (August 14, 1912 - June 26, 1992) was a member of the prominent Astor family. ...


Legends

John Jacob Astor's prominence made his actions while the Titanic was sinking legendary. Many exaggerated and unsubstantiated accounts about what Astor did the night Titanic sank appeared in newspapers, books and magazines after the disaster. There was a story that he was the one who opened Titanic's kennel and released the dogs; another story has Astor putting a woman's hat on a boy to make sure he was able to get into a lifeboat. Another legend states that after the ship hit the iceberg, he quipped, "I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous." A kennel is the name given to any structure or shelter for dogs. ...


Astor's fame has made him an often used character in films about Titanic. William Johnstone played Astor in the 1953 film Titanic, and in the 1997 version of Titanic he was played by Eric Braeden, who was picked for his strong resemblance to Astor. In the 1997 film, he is killed when the Grand Staircase's dome breaks, flooding the entire room. In the 1996 miniseries, he was played by Scott Hylands. “Moving picture” redirects here. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Titanic is a 1953 dramatic movie directed by Jean Negulesco. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Titanic is a 1997 romantic drama film directed, written, and co-produced by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Eric Braeden (born Hans Jörg Gudegast on April 3, 1939) is an Emmy Award-winning German film and television actor, best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. ... Scott Hylands (born 1943 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian actor who has appeared in movies, television, and on the stage. ...


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John Jacob Astor IV (645 words)
Colonel John Jacob Astor IV was born in Rhinebeck, New York on July 13th, 1864, the son of William Astor and great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, the German immigrant who made himself the richest man in America by investing in fur trading and real estate.
Astor was educated at St. Paul's School, Concord and later went to Harvard.
Mr and Mrs Astor travelled to Egypt and Paris and, in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board the brand new Titanic, probably because, given that Madeleine was 5 months pregnant, they wanted the baby to be born in America.
John Jacob Astor IV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (964 words)
John Jacob Astor IV was born at "Ferncliff", the family's estate in Rhinebeck, New York, to William Backhouse Astor, Jr.
John Jacob IV was the great–grandson of John Jacob Astor whose fortune, made in the fur trade and real estate, made the Astor family one of the wealthiest in the United States.
Astor was the richest person on the ship and, along with his wife, his party included his servant, his wife's maid and nurse and his pet Airedale, Kitty.
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