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Cornelius Vanderbilt
Birth: May 27, 1794
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 4, 1877
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

19th Century American shipping and railroad tycoon. Best known as the patriarch of the socially prominent Vanderbilt family of New York, and as the founder of the New York Central Railroad. Young Vanderbilt quit school at age 11 and started working as a deck hand on the ferries of New York City. By age 16, he was operating his own ferry line, carrying freight and passengers. By 1830, his business had expanded to encompass the entire Hudson River valley. Soon he controlled coastal trade along the entire coast of New England. During the California Gold Rush, he ran a steamship line from New York to California via Nicaragua. It was during this period that he acquired the moniker “The Commodore” because of his extensive interests in the shipping business. In the early 1860’s, Vanderbilt sold all his steamships to the Union navy and began investing in railroads. By 1869, he had merged 17 local railroads to create the New York Central system. By 1873 he had added the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern system to extend his rail empire to Chicago and challenge the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad for New York to Chicago business. He founded Vanderbilt University with a grant of $1 million. At the time of his death, Vanderbilt, at a net worth of over $100 million (equivalent to $8 billion in today’s money), was the richest man in the world. He left $95 million of this fortune to his eldest son, William Henry Vanderbilt, who succeeded him as president of the New York Central (bio by: Edward Parsons) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt (1795 - 1868)*
  Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt (1839 - 1885)*
 
 Children:
  Ethelinda Vanderbilt Allen (1812 - 1889)*
  Phoebe Jane Vanderbilt Cross (1814 - 1878)*
  Eliza Vanderbilt Osgood (1819 - 1890)*
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)*
  Sophia Vanderbilt Torrance (1825 - 1912)*
  Emily Almira Vanderbilt Thorn (1825 - 1896)*
  Frances Lavinia Vanderbilt (1828 - 1868)*
  Cornelius Jeremiah Vanderbilt (1830 - 1882)*
  Ethelinda Vanderbilt Allen (1831 - 1888)*
  Mary Alicia Vanderbilt La Bau (1834 - 1902)*
  Katherine Juliette Vanderbilt Laffitte (1836 - 1881)*
  George Washington Vanderbilt (1839 - 1864)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Moravian Cemetery
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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