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William Henry Vanderbilt
Birth: May 8, 1821
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1885
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

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) 
Family links: 
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 - 1877)
  Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt (1795 - 1868)
  Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821 - 1896)*
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1843 - 1899)*
  Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt Shepard (1845 - 1924)*
  Allen Vanderbilt (1846 - 1847)*
  William Kissam Vanderbilt (1849 - 1920)*
  Emily Thorn Vanderbilt White (1852 - 1946)*
  Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (1854 - 1952)*
  Frederick William Vanderbilt (1855 - 1938)*
  Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb (1860 - 1936)*
  George Washington Vanderbilt (1862 - 1914)*
  Phoebe Jane Vanderbilt Cross (1814 - 1878)*
  Ethelinda Vanderbilt Allen (1817 - 1889)*
  Eliza Matilda Vanderbilt Osgood (1819 - 1890)*
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)
  Emily Almira Vanderbilt Thorn (1823 - 1896)*
  Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt Torrance (1825 - 1912)*
  Maria Louisa Vanderbilt Niven (1827 - 1896)*
  Frances Lavinia Vanderbilt (1829 - 1868)*
  Cornelius Jeremiah Vanderbilt (1830 - 1882)*
  George Washington Vanderbilt (1832 - 1836)*
  Mary Alicia Vanderbilt La Bau (1834 - 1902)*
  Catherine Juliette Vanderbilt Lafitte (1836 - 1881)*
  George Washington Vanderbilt (1839 - 1863)*
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Vanderbilt Mausoleum
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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