Person:Cornelius Vanderbilt (1)

Cornelius Vanderbilt
d.4 Jan 1877
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  1. Cornelius Vanderbilt1794 - 1877
Facts and Events
Name Cornelius Vanderbilt
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 27 May 1794 Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States
Marriage 19 Dec 1813 [1st cousins]
to Sophia Johnson
Death[1] 4 Jan 1877
Reference Number[1] Q313721?

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Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877) was an American business magnate and philanthropist who built his wealth in railroads and shipping.[1] Born poor and having only a mediocre education, Vanderbilt worked his way into leadership positions in the inland water trade and invested in the rapidly growing railroad industry. Nicknamed "The Commodore", he is known for owning the New York Central Railroad. His biographer says, "He vastly improved and expanded the nation's transportation infrastructure, contributing to a transformation of the very geography of the United States. He embraced new technologies and new forms of business organization, and used them to compete....He helped to create the corporate economy that would define the United States into the 21st century."

As one of the richest Americans in history and wealthiest figures overall, Vanderbilt was the patriarch of a wealthy, influential family. He provided the initial gift to found Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. According to historian H. Roger Grant: "Contemporaries, too, often hated or feared Vanderbilt or at least considered him an unmannered brute. While Vanderbilt could be a rascal, combative and cunning, he was much more a builder than a wrecker [...] being honorable, shrewd, and hard-working."</blockquote>

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cornelius Vanderbilt, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. McCabe, James D. (James Dabney). Great fortunes. (New York, New York: [s.n.], 1870).