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Cornelius Vanderbilt


Nicknamed the Commodore. He amassed a massive lot of money through shipping and delivery and railroads. He lowered out of college at age group 11 to function for his father’s ferry business. He was a renowned philanthropist and utilized section of his lot of money to start out a famous college or university that bore his name. His boy William Henry Vanderbilt significantly extended the empire and put into the millions gained by his dad. He wedded Sophia Johnson in 1813 and he previously another son called George Washington Vanderbilt II. He employed the fantastic orator Daniel Webster to guard him in the Supreme Courtroom against monopoly fees.

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Full Name Cornelius Vanderbilt
Date Of Birth May 27, 1794
Place Of Birth Staten Island, NY
Profession Entrepreneur
Nationality American
Spouse Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt, Sophia Johnson
Children William Henry Vanderbilt, Ethelinda Vanderbilt, Mary Alicia Vanderbilt, Frances Lavinia Vanderbilt, Phebe Jane Vanderbilt, Maria Louisa Vanderbilt, Catherine Juliette Vanderbilt, Emily Almira Vanderbilt, Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt, Eliza Vanderbilt
Parents Cornelius van Derbilt, Phebe Hand
Star Sign Gemini

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1Great-great-great grandfather of John Spencer-Churchill. Great-great-great-great grandfather of Lord Blandford.
2Began his first business, a transport and freight service between New York City and Staten Island, at age 16 with $100 he borrowed from his mother. He repaid the loan after the first year with an additional $1,000. Upon his death, he was the wealthiest man in the United States.
3Provided the initial gift to fund Vanderbilt University, which is named in his honor.
4Sometimes-business partner of Leonard Jerome, maternal grandfather of Winston Churchill.
5Great-grandfather of the Duchess of Marlborough, and William K. Vanderbilt. Great-great-grandfather of Gloria Vanderbilt, Mrs. Earl E.T. Smith, C.V. Whitney, and Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.. Great-great-great grandfather of Anderson Cooper.

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1I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life.

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