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The Vanderbilts are a prominent family in the history of the United States.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt

The family was founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), the fourth of nine children born to a Staten Island family of modest means. His great-great-great-grandfather, Jan Aertszoon van der Bilt (1620-1705), was a Dutch farmer from the village of De Bilt, Utrecht in the Netherlands who emigrated to the Dutch colony of New Netherlands as an indentured servant in 1650. Jan's village name was added to the Dutch "van der" (from the) to create "van der Bilt" which was evolved to Vanderbilt when the English took control of New Amsterdam (now New York). Image File history File links Cornelius_Vanderbilt,_History. ... Image File history File links Cornelius_Vanderbilt,_History. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt Cornelius Vanderbilt I (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877) was an American entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. ... 1794 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... For other uses, see Staten Island (disambiguation) Staten Island, shown in an enhanced satellite image Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located on an island of the same name on the west side of the Narrows at the entrance of New York Harbor. ... Events September 6 - English emigrants on the Mayflower depart from Plymouth, England for the future New England and arrive at the end of the year. ... // Events Construction begins on Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, England. ... De Bilt is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands. ... Utrecht is the smallest province of the Netherlands, and is located in the center of the country. ... New Netherland (Dutch Nieuw-Nederland, Latin: Nova Belgica) was the territory claimed by the Netherlands on the eastern coast of North America in the 17th century. ... An indentured servant is a labourer under contract (an indenture--explained below) to work (for a specified amount of time) for another person or a company/corporation, often without any monetary pay, but in exchange for accommodation, food, other essentials, training, or passage to a new country. ... // Events June 23 - Claimant King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland arrives in Scotland, the only of the three Kingdoms that has accepted him as ruler. ... New Amsterdam (Dutch: Nieuw Amsterdam) was the name of the 17th century fortified settlement on Manhattan Island in the New Netherland territory (1614-1674) situated originally between 38 and 42 degrees latitude. ...


Cornelius Vanderbilt left school at age 11 and went on to build a shipping and railroad empire that, during the 19th century, made him one of the wealthiest men in the world. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Vanderbilt family owned land in Corwith Township, Michigan, which was settled about 1875. When the Vanderbilt-owned Michigan Central Railroad came through in 1880, the village of Vanderbilt, Michigan, was established. Although Cornelius Vanderbilt always occupied a modest home, members of his family would use their wealth to build magnificent mansions. Shortly before his death in 1877, Vanderbilt bequeathed US$1 million for the establishment of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Corwith Township is a township located in Otsego County, Michigan. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Michigan Central Railroad operated in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, and Illinois in the United Statesand Canada. ... 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A village is a human residential settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... Vanderbilt is a village located in Otsego County, Michigan. ... From the late 1870s to the 1920s the Vanderbilt clan employed Americas best Beaux-Arts architects and decorators to build an unequalled string of New York townhouses and East Coast palaces in the United States. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Nickname: Music City Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 526. ...


Members of the family dominated what has come to be known as the "Gilded Age", a period when Vanderbilt men were the merchant princes of American life through their prominence in the business world and as patrons of the arts throughout the world. The Gilded Age (c. ...


Some of Cornelius Vanderbilt's offspring gained fame as successful entrepreneurs while several achieved prominence in other fields such as Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877-1915), a noted horse breeder, who went down on the RMS Lusitania. Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884-1970) gained fame as a sportsman, winning the most coveted prize in yacht racing, the America's Cup, on three occasions. His brother "Willie K" launched the Vanderbilt Cup for auto racing. Cornelius Vanderbilt IV (1898-1974) became an accomplished writer, newspaper publisher, and film producer. However, others made headlines as a result of drug and alcohol abuse and multiple marriages. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, born October 20, 1877 - died May 7, 1915, was a sportsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... RMS Mauretania, the Lusitanias sister ship. ... Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, born July 6, 1884 - died July 4, 1970, was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family who was a railroad executive, a champion yachtsman and a champion bridge player. ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The Americas Cup trophy The Americas Cup (originally the 100 Guineas Cup, then the America Cup ) is the most famous and most prestigious competition in the sport of yachting, and the oldest active trophy in international sports, predating the FA Cup by two decades and the Modern Olympics... Vanderbilt Cup race start, 1910 The Vanderbilt Cup was the first major trophy in American auto racing. ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing, autosport or motorsport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... Cornelius (Neil) Vanderbilt IV; 1898-1974 The son of Grace and Cornelius Vanderbilt III, Neil served in the First World War and was discharged a Lieutenant. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...

Cornelius Vanderbilt had been awarded a gold medal by the United States government during the American Civil War for donating his steamer "S.S. Vanderbilt" to the Union forces. Inheritance of this medal became the symbol for the titular head of the Vanderbilt family. Image File history File links Breakers,_Vanderbilt. ... Image File history File links Breakers,_Vanderbilt. ... The Breakers as seen from the lawn leading down to the sea The Breakers is located on Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, on the Atlantic Ocean. ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Cornelius Vanderbilt II (November 27, 1843 – September 12, 1899) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The 21st Michigan Infantry, a company of Shermans veterans. ...


In 1855, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt donated 8.5 acres (34,000 m²) of property to the Moravian Church and cemetery at New Dorp on Staten Island, New York. Later, his son William Henry Vanderbilt donated a further 4 acres (16,000 m²). A plot was kept for the Vanderbilt family in the Moravian Cemetery and several of them are buried there in the family mausoleum including the family founder. Their mausoleum was redesigned in 1885 by architect Richard Morris Hunt. 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... A Moravian is a Protestant belonging to a religious movement that originated in Moravia, Czech Republic. ... The approximate area of the neighborhood of New Dorp on Staten Island is shown highlighted in orange. ... For other uses, see Staten Island (disambiguation) Staten Island, shown in an enhanced satellite image Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, located on an island of the same name on the west side of the Narrows at the entrance of New York Harbor. ... William H. Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885) was a businessman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... The Moravian Cemetery at 2205 Richmond Road in New Dorp on Staten Island, New York is the largest cemetery on the island. ... St. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... For other uses, see Architect (disambiguation). ... Statue of Liberty, Pedestal by Richard Morris Hunt Richard Morris Hunt (October 31, 1827, Brattleboro, Vermont - 1895) preeminent figure in the history of American architecture. ...

Frederick William Vanderbilt's mansion on the Hudson River
Frederick William Vanderbilt's mansion on the Hudson River

Present-day economist John Kenneth Galbraith said that several generations of Vanderbilts showed both the talent for acquiring money and the dispensing of it in unmatched volume, adding that they dispensed their wealth for frequent and unparalleled self-gratification and very often did it with downright stupidity. Confirmation as to the validity of Galbraith's views is that only forty-eight years after the death of Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of his direct descendants died penniless. Within seventy years of his passing, the last of the ten great Vanderbilt Fifth Avenue mansions in New York City had been torn down. In 1973, the first Vanderbilt family reunion took place at Vanderbilt University. Of the 120 descendants gathered there, not a single one of those in attendance was a millionaire, though many other members of the family are from their family inheritance. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x640, 119 KB) One of Vanderbilts Mansion of the eastern bank of Hudson River I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x640, 119 KB) One of Vanderbilts Mansion of the eastern bank of Hudson River I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... John Kenneth Galbraith John Kenneth Galbraith, OC, LL.D (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006) was an influential Canadian-American economist of the 20th century. ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


The family's modern legacy includes Vanderbilt University as well as Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, which runs alongside Grand Central Terminal, the New York City rail hub built by the Vanderbilt family. The main concourse Grand Central Terminal (often still called Grand Central Station) is a terminal rail station at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. ...


Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt written by distant cousin Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, was published in 1989. The Taggart family in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is loosely based on the Vanderbilt family. This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


Family connection (listed by ancestry/generation)

Cornelius Vanderbilt Cornelius Vanderbilt I (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877) was an American entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. ... William H. Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885) was a businessman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt II (November 27, 1843 – September 12, 1899) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt III Cornelius Vanderbilt III (September 5, 1873 - March 1, 1942) was a distinguished American military officer, inventor, engineer, and yachtsman, and a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. ... Cornelius (Neil) Vanderbilt IV; 1898-1974 The son of Grace and Cornelius Vanderbilt III, Neil served in the First World War and was discharged a Lieutenant. ... Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9, 1875 - April 18, 1942) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... C.V. Whitney, 2000 book cover Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (February 20, 1899 - December 13, 1992) was an American businessman, film producer, writer, and government official, as well as the owner of a leading stable of thoroughbred racehorses. ... Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, born October 20, 1877 - died May 7, 1915, was a sportsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... William Henry Vanderbilt III, born November 24, 1901 - died April 14, 1981, was an American statesman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. ... George Washington Vanderbilt III (1914-1961) was a yachtsman and a scientific explorer who was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gloria Vanderbilt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958. ... Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is a television journalist currently working for the CNN television network. ... Countess and Count László Széchenyi, circa 1908. ... William Kissam Vanderbilt (December 12, 1849 – July 22, 1920) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Consuelo Vanderbilt (March 2, 1877 - December 6, 1964) was a member of the United States Vanderbilt family seen as the penultimate marital prize of the Victorian age and an international emblem for socially advantageous marriages. ... William Kissam Vanderbilt II (March 2, 1878 – January 8, 1944) was a motor racing enthusiast and yachtsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, born July 6, 1884 - died July 4, 1970, was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family who was a railroad executive, a champion yachtsman and a champion bridge player. ... Frederick William Vanderbilt (February 2, 1856 – February 2, 1938) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... George W. Vanderbilt II George Washington Vanderbilt II (November 14, 1862 – March 6, 1914) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... George Washington Vanderbilt (1839-1864) was an American soldier and member of the prominent Vanderbilt family. ...

Family connection (alphabetical listing)

The following list includes etiquette guru Amy Vanderbilt although it is believed she descended from either an uncle or brother of Cornelius Vanderbilt and is therefore not an official descendant-member of this family. Amy Vanderbilt (July 22, 1908 - December 27, 1974) was a U.S. authority on etiquette. ...


By birth

Cornelius Vanderbilt Cornelius Vanderbilt I (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877) was an American entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. ... William H. Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885) was a businessman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... George Washington Vanderbilt (1839-1864) was an American soldier and member of the prominent Vanderbilt family. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt II (November 27, 1843 – September 12, 1899) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... William Kissam Vanderbilt (December 12, 1849 – July 22, 1920) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Frederick William Vanderbilt (February 2, 1856 – February 2, 1938) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... George W. Vanderbilt II George Washington Vanderbilt II (November 14, 1862 – March 6, 1914) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt III Cornelius Vanderbilt III (September 5, 1873 - March 1, 1942) was a distinguished American military officer, inventor, engineer, and yachtsman, and a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. ... Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9, 1875 - April 18, 1942) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, born October 20, 1877 - died May 7, 1915, was a sportsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Consuelo Vanderbilt (March 2, 1877 - December 6, 1964) was a member of the United States Vanderbilt family seen as the penultimate marital prize of the Victorian age and an international emblem for socially advantageous marriages. ... William Kissam Vanderbilt II (March 2, 1878 – January 8, 1944) was a motor racing enthusiast and yachtsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Countess and Count László Széchenyi, circa 1908. ... Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, born July 6, 1884 - died July 4, 1970, was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family who was a railroad executive, a champion yachtsman and a champion bridge player. ... Cornelius (Neil) Vanderbilt IV; 1898-1974 The son of Grace and Cornelius Vanderbilt III, Neil served in the First World War and was discharged a Lieutenant. ... William Henry Vanderbilt III, born November 24, 1901 - died April 14, 1981, was an American statesman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Amy Vanderbilt (July 22, 1908 - December 27, 1974) was a U.S. authority on etiquette. ... Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. ... George Washington Vanderbilt III (1914-1961) was a yachtsman and a scientific explorer who was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Gloria Vanderbilt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958. ... Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is a television journalist currently working for the CNN television network. ...

By marriage

  • Alva Belmont (1853–1934)
  • Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan-Vanderbilt (1904–1965)
  • Grace Wilson Vanderbilt (1870–1953)

Alva Erskine Belmont ( January 17, 1853 - January 26, 1933) was a multi-millionaire American socialite and a major funder of the womens suffrage movement. ... Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan Vanderbilt (August 23, 1904–February 13, 1965) was a socialite best known as the mother of fashion designer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt. ...

Resource

  • FORTUNE'S CHILDREN: The Fall of the House of VANDERBILT

By: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II ISBN 0-688-07279-8 Library CALL# 973.08 VAND


See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
William Kissam Vanderbilt at AllExperts (328 words)
His sons William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944) and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884-1970) were the last to be active in the railroads, the latter losing a proxy battle for the New York Central Railroad in the 1950s.
Born in 1853 to a slave-owning Alabama family, she was the mother of his children and was instrumental in forcing their daughter Consuelo (1877-1964) to marry the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1895.
After the death of his brother Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1899 he was generally regarded as head of the Vanderbilt family.
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