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Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
Birth: Oct. 20, 1877
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: May 7, 1915, Ireland

Businessman. Hero of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. A member of the famous Cornelius Vanderbilt family, he inherited the bulk of the family fortune when his eldest brother William Henry died in 1892 and his other brother Cornelius III who angered his father, was disinherited. He held positions on several railroad companies including the New York Central, Michigan Central, and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroads, but his first love was horses. In May of 1915 he set sale from his native New York City for London to conduct a meeting of the International Horse Breeder's Association and to assist the war effort by volunteering as a driver for the Red Cross. On May 7th, when the Lusitania was torpedoed by an enemy submarine the wealthy sportsman and his valet Ronald Denyer assisted others by guiding children to lifeboats and distributing lifebelts to others. Although he could not swim he reportedly gave up his lifebelt to a nurse as the ship took her final plunge into the sea. In its May 11th edition the New York Times reported, "People will not talk of Mr. Vanderbilt as a millionaire sportsman… He will be remembered as the children's hero and men and women will salute his name". His body was lost at sea and never recovered.  (bio by: Bigwoo) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1843 - 1899)
  Alice Claypoole Gwynne Vanderbilt (1845 - 1934)
 
 Spouse:
  Ellen French Fitzsimons (1879 - 1948)*
 
 Children:
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1901 - 1981)*
  George Vanderbilt (1913 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt (1868 - 1873)*
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1870 - 1892)*
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1873 - 1942)*
  Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877 - 1915)
  Reginald Vanderbilt (1880 - 1925)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Body never recovered after Lusitania was torpedoed
 
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Originally Created by: Bigwoo
Record added: May 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14195076
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
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Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
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