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  2. Cornelius Vanderbilt - Biography, Children & Facts - HISTORY

    Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was a shipping and railroad tycoon, and a self-made multi-millionaire who became one of the wealthiest Americans of the 19th century.

  3. Cornelius Vanderbilt | Biography, Facts, & Robber Baron

    Cornelius Vanderbilt, byname Commodore Vanderbilt, (born May 27, 1794, Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York, U.S.—died January 4, 1877, New York, New York), American shipping and railroad magnate who acquired a personal fortune of more than $100 million. The son of an impoverished farmer and boatman, Vanderbilt quit school at age 11 to work on the waterfront. In 1810 he purchased his first ...

  4. Cornelius Vanderbilt - Industry, Railroad & Facts - Biography

    Cornelius Vanderbilt was a famous industrialist who worked in railroads and shipping. He had accumulated the largest fortune in the U.S. at the time of his death, in 1877.

  5. Cornelius Vanderbilt - Wikipedia

    Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877), nicknamed "the Commodore", was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. After working with his father's business, Vanderbilt worked his way into leadership positions in the inland water trade and invested in the rapidly growing railroad industry, ...

  6. Cornelius Vanderbilt The $1 million that he gave to endow and build the university was Vanderbilt's only major philanthropy. Methodist Bishop Holland N. McTyeire of Nashville, husband of Amelia Townsend who was a cousin of Vanderbilt's young second wife Frank Crawford, went to New York for medical treatment early in 1873 and spent time recovering in the Vanderbilt mansion.

  7. Cornelius Vanderbilt | PureHistory

    Cornelius Vanderbilt (born May 27, 1794 – died January 4, 1877) Also known by the sobriquet Commodore, was an American industrialist and philanthropist who built his wealth in shipping and railroads. He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and one of the richest Americans in history.

  8. Vanderbilt family | American family | Britannica

    Vanderbilt family, one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in the United States. The third generation of Vanderbilts—following Cornelius and William Henry Vanderbilt—was led by three of William Henry’s four sons: Cornelius (1843–99), William Kissam (1849–1920), and George Washington (1862–1914). Of the three, Cornelius was by far the most devoted to furthering the family ...

  9. The Vanderbilt Family Tree Explained -

    The Vanderbilt name gained prominence with Cornelius Vanderbilt — Jan's great-great-great-grandson — who was a tycoon in the shipping and railroad industry. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Wikimedia Commons. Cornelius Vanderbilt was born into a humble family in 1794. As a child, he spent time with his father, who worked as a farmer and cargo boat ...

  10. Vanderbilt family - Wikipedia

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was a sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1855, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt donated 45 acres (18 ha) of property to the Moravian Church and Cemetery at New Dorp on Staten Island, New York.

  11. How The Vanderbilt Family Lost Their Entire Fortune -

    Part of a New York farming family of modest means, Cornelius "the Commodore” Vanderbilt was 16 when he borrowed $100 from his mother in exchange for plowing eight acres of soil, according to year was 1810, and the $100 (equivalent to a little over $2,100 today, per the Official Data Foundation) was spent on a boat that he used to start his own transport and freight business.