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William Henry Vanderbilt
Birth: May 8, 1821
Death: Dec. 8, 1885

19th Century American railroad developer and financier. He was born William Henry Vanderbilt, in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 8th, 1821, the son of the famous New York ferry and railroad pioneer Cornelius “The Commodore” Vanderbilt. Starting at the bottom, he worked his way up through the family business, to become his father’s closest aide, with a major role in the series of acquisitions that led to the formation of the New York Central Railroad in the 1860’s. William took over as president of the New York Central following the death of his father in 1877. As a leading American businessman, Vanderbilt was considered a member of the “robber barons” and as such was often heavily criticized in the press. His luxuriant “mutton chop” side whiskers were quite distinctive and widely lampooned by the political cartoonists of the day. Seeing that the tide of public opinion was turning against vast monopolies such as his, he sold large amounts of his stock in 1879. As his health declined, he resigned as president of the New York Central Railroad in 1883, and gave over his final years to his philanthropies and his horses. By the time of his death in 1885, he had doubled his 1877 inheritance to the then-unheard-of sum of $200 million. (bio by: Edward Parsons) 
 
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 Parents:
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 - 1877)
  Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt (1795 - 1868)
 
 Spouse:
  Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821 - 1896)*
 
 Children:
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1843 - 1899)*
  William Kissam Vanderbilt (1849 - 1920)*
  Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb (1860 - 1936)*
 
 Siblings:
  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
**Half-sibling
 
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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William Henry Vanderbilt
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