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Encyclopedia > William Henry Vanderbilt
William Henry Vanderbilt
Born
May 8, 1821
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Died
December 8, 1885

William H. Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821December 8, 1885) was a businessman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... New Brunswick is a City located in Middlesex County, New Jersey, 31 miles (50 km) southwest of New York City on the Raritan River about 15 miles (24 km) from its mouth. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article details the family of Cornelius Vanderbilt. ...


William Henry Vanderbilt was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He inherited nearly $100 million from his father Cornelius Vanderbilt and had increased it to almost $200 million at his death fewer than nine years later. At the time, he declared himself the richest man in the world. In 1841 he married Maria Louisa (Louise) Kissam (18211896), the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. New Brunswick is a City located in Middlesex County, New Jersey, 31 miles (50 km) southwest of New York City on the Raritan River about 15 miles (24 km) from its mouth. ... Cornelius Vanderbilt Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877) was a U.S. entrepreneur who built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. ... take you to calendar). ... 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ...


His father carefully oversaw his business training, at age 18 starting him out as a clerk in a New York banking house. After joining the executive of the Staten Island railway, he was made its president in 1862 then three years later he was appointed vice-president of the Hudson River railway. In 1869, he was made vice-president of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, becoming its president in 1877. As well, he took over from his father as president of New York Central Railroad, the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, the Canada Southern Railway, and the Michigan Central Railroad. The New York Central Railroad, known simply as the New York Central in its publicity and with the AAR reporting mark of NYC, was a railroad operating in the North-Eastern United States. ... The New York Central Railroad (AAR reporting mark NYC), known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the North-Eastern United States. ... The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, sometimes referred to as the Lake Shore, was a railroad that operated in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois primarily along the south shore of Lake Erie and across northern Indiana from Buffalo to Chicago. ... The Canada Southern Railway (AAR reporting mark CASO) was a railroad in southern Ontario, Canada, founded in 1869. ... Michigan Central Railroad operated in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, and Illinois in the United Statesand Canada. ...


He had worked with his father and following his death, actively expanded the family's railroad empire. In 1883, his elder sons assumed key positions. It was in his time that the Vanderbilt women demanded recognition from the older but less moneyed leaders of New York City society, centered on the Astor family, whom the Vanderbilts had by then far outstripped in wealth. 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... 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. ...


William Henry Vanderbilt was involved in a number of philanthropic causes including the YMCA, funding to help establish the Metropolitan Opera and an endowment for the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. In 1880, he provided the money for Vanderbilt University to construct the Wesley Hall building for use as the Biblical Department and library and included 160 dormitory rooms for students and professors, lecture halls, as well as a cafeteria. The building was destroyed by fire in 1932 and his son Frederick made another donation to help cover the insurance shortfall and allow a new building to be erected. YMCAs in the United States and Canada use this logo. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... An image of a 1901 examination in the faculty of medicine. ... Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City and a member of the Ivy League. ... Vanderbilt University (colloquially known as Vandy) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


An art enthusiast, William Henry Vanderbilt's collection included some of the most valuable works of the Old Masters and over his lifetime, Vanderbilt acquired more than 200 paintings. An Old Master (or old master) is one of the great European painters who lived 1500 through 1800, or a painting by one of these painters. ...


Among his holdings were:

In 1883, he resigned all his company presidencies and had his sons appointed as chairmen but left the day-to-day running of the businesses to experienced men appointed president. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ... The Chicago and Canada Southern Railway was a planned extension of the Canada Southern Railway west from Grosse Ile, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. ... The Upper Hudson River Railroad runs along the Hudson River in New York State in the Adirondack Mountains. ... 1866 drawing The bridge across the Hudson River at Albany, New York was built by the Hudson River Bridge Company (jointly owned 50% by the New York Central Railroad and 25% by the Hudson River Railroad and Boston and Albany Railroad) in the 1860s, opening in 1866. ... The New York Central Railroad, known simply as the New York Central in its publicity and with the AAR reporting mark of NYC, was a railroad operating in the North-Eastern United States. ... An 1847 map of Lower Manhattan; the only railroad in Manhattan is the New York and Harlem Railroad. ... Staten Island Railway (SIR) or Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT) is a rapid transit line operating in the Borough of Staten Island, New York City, USA. It began, like the BMT lines to Coney Island, as a typical railway, but it now uses subway cars (R44). ...


William Henry Vanderbilt is perhaps most remembered for snapping "the public be damned" at an interviewer..in context, an irritated reaction to the other's suggestion that the New York Central Railroad system, which Vanderbilt controlled, ought to be operated as if it were a public trust. The New York Central Railroad (AAR reporting mark NYC), known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the North-Eastern United States. ...


He was an active philanthropist as well as builder of opulent Fifth Avenue mansions. Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... 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. ...


On his passing, he was interred in the Vanderbilt family mausoleum at the Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp on Staten Island, New York. The Moravian Cemetery at 2205 Richmond Road in New Dorp on Staten Island, New York is the largest cemetery on the island. ... 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 Henry Vanderbilt's estate was divided among his eight children, the bulk of which went to his four sons.


Children of William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Louisa (Louise) Kissam:

  1. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899)
  2. Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt-Shepherd (1845-1924)
  3. William Kissam Vanderbilt (1849-1920)
  4. Emily Thorn Vanderbilt (1852-1956)
  5. Florence Adele Vanderbilt -Twombly (1854-1952)
  6. Frederick William Vanderbilt (1856-1938)
  7. Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt-Webb (1860-1936)
  8. George Washington Vanderbilt II (1862-1914)

His last home is on the left in the image linked at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York article. 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 Washington Vanderbilt II, born November 14, 1862 - died March 6, 1914 was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... Reredos by Lee Lawrie St. ...


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