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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. November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article details the family of Cornelius Vanderbilt. ...


Born in New York City, he was the son of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and Ellen French. Vanderbilt's father was a great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the family fortune in railroads and shipping. William Vanderbilt's parents divorced in 1908 and through his father's second marriage he had two half-brothers, Alfred G. Vanderbilt II and George Washington Vanderbilt III. In 1915, his father perished in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. In 1934, his cousin on his mother's side, Ellen Tuck French, married John Jacob Astor VI, bringing together two of America's most famous families. Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location Location in the state 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. ... Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, born October 20, 1877 - died May 7, 1915, was a sportsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ... 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. ... 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. ... RMS Mauretania, the Lusitanias sister ship The RMS Lusitania was an ocean liner of the British Cunard Steamship Lines. ... John Jacob Astor VI, born August 14, 1912 in New York, New York, United States - died June 26, 1992 in Miami Beach, Florida, was a member of the prominent Astor family. ...


Educated at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island and the Evans School in Mesa, Arizona, he attended Princeton University but dropped out during his first year. In 1940, Vanderbilt received an LL.D. from Bates College. At age of maturity, Vanderbilt inherited a $5 million trust fund plus the 450 acre (1.8 kmĀ²) "Oakland Farm" in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, one of his father's estates that included a number of thoroughbred horses. He made the farm his permanent home, and in 1925 started a bus company, carrying passengers between Newport and Providence. Within a few years he expanded the business to serve points throughout New England and New York. A member of the United States Republican Party, in 1928 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Rhode Island and that year was elected to the State Senate. St. ... Middletown is a town located in Newport County, Rhode Island. ... City of Mesa logo Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. ... Princeton University, incorporated as The Trustees of Princeton University, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is the fourth-oldest institution to conduct higher education in the United States. ... Bates College is a private liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine, in the United States. ... Location of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


William Henry Vanderbilt III served in the Senate for six years then took time off to be with his sick wife, Anne Gordon Colby. On her recovery, he re-entered political life and successfully ran for Governor of Rhode Island, serving between 1939 and 1941. However, his refusal to dole out patronage to fellow Republicans weakened his power base and a scandal over wire-tapping by a private detective firm he had hired to investigate election fraud, cost him re-election. Shortly thereafter, when the United States entered World War II, Vanderbilt joined the United States Navy. List of Rhode Island Governors Nicholas Cooke None 1775-1778 William Greene None 1778-1786 John Collins None 1786-1790 Arthur Fenner Anti-Federalist 1790-1805 Henry Smith Unknown 1805-1806 Isaac Wilbur Unknown 1806-1807 James Fenner Dem. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths {{{notes}}} World War II, also known as the Second World War (sometimes WW2 or WWII or World War Two), was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


He eventually left Rhode Island and moved to a farm in South Williamstown, Massachusetts where he lived quietly until his passing in 1981 at the age of 79. Williamstown is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ...


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William Henry Vanderbilt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (678 words)
William Henry Vanderbilt was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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.
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.
William Henry Vanderbilt III at AllExperts (453 words)
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.
Vanderbilt's father was a great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the family fortune in railroads and shipping.
William Vanderbilt's parents divorced in 1908 and through his father's second marriage he had two half-brothers, Alfred G. Vanderbilt II and George Washington Vanderbilt III.
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