Scion of New York’s powerful Astor family members who all became a prominent philanthropist. He previously a very much different idea than his parents, preferring to spotlight problems of atomic power, trains, and vehicles. He utilized his family’s significant holdings in property to develop open public projects. For instance, he constructed children’s playgrounds in dear parts of The Bronx and Harlem. His Astor family members became the very first millionaires in america at the convert of the 19th hundred years. He was wedded to Helen Dinsmore Huntington from 1914 to 1940, Mary Benedict Cushing from 1940 to 1953 and Brooke Astor from 1953 until his loss of life. He sponsored Richard Byrd’s expedition south Pole that Byrd named among the peaks he charted after Astor.