Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 12 Nov 1999 (aged 87)
Mill Neck, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Plot The Vanderbilt Mausoleum
Memorial ID 22247191 · View Source
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Philanthropist, Sportsman, Member of the Vanderbilt family, He was born in London and educated at St. Paul's School and Yale, and his grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, was reputed to be the world's richest man. His mother, Margaret Emerson, came from Bromo-Seltzer wealth, and his father, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, died after giving his life jacket to a woman on the Lusitania when the ship was sunk by German U-boats in the Atlantic in 1915. His greatest achievement in racing was undoubtedly a horse: Native Dancer. He was sired by Polynesian and foaled by the mare Geisha, Daughter of Discovery, leading Vanderbilt to postulate this formula for success in breeding racers: ''Breed something to a Discovery mare.'' And Native Dancer, whose name was one of the lineage puns for which Vanderbilt was famous, was the prime example. He reigned as the champion 2-year-old colt in 1952, champion 3-year-old colt in 1953 and Horse of the Year in 1954. His older half-brother, William Henry Vanderbilt III (1901-1981), was governor of Rhode Island from 1938 to 1940. His younger brother George Washington Vanderbilt III (1914-1961) was a yachtsman and explorer.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II (22 Sep 1912–12 Nov 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22247191, citing Vanderbilt Family Cemetery and Mausoleum, New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA ; Maintained by Bobby Kelley (contributor 46959922) .