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Cornelius Vanderbilt, II
Birth: Nov. 27, 1843
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1899
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Noted Financier and Head of the House of Vanderbilt in the third generation. Eldest son of William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885) and Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821-1896) ~ grandson, and namesake, of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877). Cornelius II assumed leadership as Chairman of the Board of the New York Central, and related railway systems, in 1885; withdrawing from active management in July, 1896, as the result of a paralytic stroke. Though retired from active control he took an advisory role in the many properties in which he, and the family, had made investments. Regarded as a capable and conservative railroad manager, and a splendid accountant; mastering the intricacies of the banking system during his association with the Shoe and Leather Bank of New York. Between 1885 and his untimely death in 1899 the stock of the leading railroads, with which the Vanderbilt name was then identified, had enhanced in value to the amount of $173,497,000. over their worth at the time he assumed control. Kindly, charitable, and democratic, he held the respect of employees at all levels of the Vanderbilt railroad interests. This Cornelius, deriving no pleasure in yachting, or the Turf, sought the satisfactions of philanthropy, fine music, good paintings and exquisite architecture. His New York residence on Fifth Avenue, imposing and dignified, was the largest private townhouse ever built in the City; his country retreat, "The Breakers," at Newport, Rhode Island, was the most splendid house at that summer resort. (bio by: R. Bruce) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)
  Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Alice Claypoole Gwynne Vanderbilt (1845 - 1934)*
 
 Children:
  Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt (1868 - 1873)*
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1870 - 1892)*
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1873 - 1942)*
  Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875 - 1942)*
  Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877 - 1915)*
  Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880 - 1925)*
  Gladys Moore Vanderbilt Széchenyi (1886 - 1965)*
 
 Siblings:
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Vanderbilt Mausoleum
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 12, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8628665
Cornelius Vanderbilt, II
Added by: Bobby Kelley
 
Cornelius Vanderbilt, II
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Remembering Cornelius Vanderbilt II on this Anniversary of his passing. Pictured ~ a marble vase on the terrace of Mr. Vanderbilt's great seaside palace, "The Breakers," at Newport.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Sep. 12, 2017

- Vanderbilt University Fan
 Added: Apr. 18, 2017
Remembering Cornelius Vanderbilt II on this Anniversary of his birth. Pictured ~ the marble bust of Mr. Vanderbilt displayed in the Great Hall of his Newport residence ~ 'The Breakers.'
- R. Bruce
 Added: Nov. 27, 2016
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