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Frederick William Vanderbilt
Birth: Feb. 2, 1855
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1938
Hyde Park
Dutchess County
New York, USA

Financier, Philanthropist and Yachtsman. Third and last surviving son of William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885), and Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821-1896). Grandson of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt, Founder of the family fortune in steamships and railroads. This Vanderbilt, who considerably outlived his brothers, and though he inherited but a small share of his father's wealth, by astute investments in railroads, mining, steel, oil and banking, increased his ten million dollar inheritance to a figure nearly ten times that amount. For estate settlement purposes his fortune was officially valued at $78,838,530. According to his nephew James Watson Webb, a major inheritor, the true amount was closer to the one hundred million dollars left by his grandfather some years before. After graduating from the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University, Frederick Vanderbilt was connected to nearly every department of the family's New York Central Railroad lines, and served for sixty-one years on the Central's Board. For many years he was ranked among the country's citizens with the highest income. He was a yachtsman of a princely order, owning, among other craft, the 'Conqueror' and the 'Warrior'. In 1924 Frederick commanded a 158-foot Diesel yacht, the 'Vedette', whose fittings came from Parisian cabinet makers, and involved an expenditure of nearly a half-million dollars. He aided generously in defending the America's Cup, including, in 1934, the 'Rainbow', skippered by his nephew Harold Sterling Vanderbilt. He gratified an inclination for philanthropy; his wife, Louise Anthony Torrance, whom he married in 1880, shared with him this interest. Along with his brothers he donated the Vanderbilt Clinic at Columbia University in memory of his father, and in later years pledged nearly a million dollars for its enlargement. To Yale he was more attentive; altogether he gave, during his lifetime, more than a million dollars for the construction of dormitories, and gave liberally for a building to house the St. Anthony Society, to which he belonged while attending the University. In his will he directed that fully one fifth of his estate was to go outright to the Sheffield Scientific School, at Yale; while ten million dollars was to go to Vanderbilt University. Like his siblings he insisted on architectural and other glories. In 1888 to 1889 he had constructed, at Newport, Rhode Island, 'Rough Point', at that time the largest house at that summer resort. Later, in 1895, growing weary of Newport, he developed, at Hyde Park, New York, what would become the most elaborate estate in the Hudson Valley. Donated by Frederick's heirs to the nation, after his passing in 1938, it has become a National Park and a New York State Historic Site open for the enjoyment of the public. Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt left no children. (bio by: R. Bruce) 
Family links: 
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)
  Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821 - 1896)
  Louise Holmes Anthony Vanderbilt (1844 - 1926)*
  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)*
  Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb (1860 - 1936)*
  George Washington Vanderbilt (1862 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Vanderbilt Mausoleum
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
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Originally Created by: Jim
Record added: Jan 29, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17739209
Frederick William Vanderbilt
Added by: R. Bruce
Frederick William Vanderbilt
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Frederick William Vanderbilt
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Remembering Frederick W. Vanderbilt on this Anniversary of his birth. A view of the Dining Room at Hyde Park ~ Mr. Vanderbilt's magnificent country home in the Hudson River Valley.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Feb. 2, 2017
Remembering Frederick W. Vanderbilt on this Anniversary of his passing ~ a view of his bedroom at his beloved country house at Hyde Park on the Hudson.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Jun. 29, 2016
Remembering Frederick W. Vanderbilt on this 160th Anniversary of his birth. A view of the Library at 'Hyde Park' ~ Mr. Vanderbilt's sanctuary, and favorite room, in his country home.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Feb. 2, 2016
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