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 John Jacob Astor, IV

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John Jacob Astor, IV

  • Birth 13 Jul 1864 Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 1912 At Sea
  • Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Plot Westerly Division, Lots 743-786
  • Memorial ID 4390

Businessman, Disaster Victim. A victim of the RMS Titanic sinking, he was the great-grandson of patriarch John Jacob Astor I, the grandson of "landlord of New York" William Backhouse Astor, and the son of THE Mrs. William Astor, nee Caroline Schermerhorn, legendary queen of New York's elite "400." He and his older cousin, William Waldorf Astor, built the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in the 1890's, resolving a feud which had developed between William and his mother Caroline. A man of many interests, John Jacob IV was also an inventor, a sci-fi novelist, and a veteran of the Spanish American War. In later years his divorce and remarriage to a bride nearly 30 years his junior stunned society. The couple were returning to New York on the RMS Titanic when the luxury liner hit an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland in April 1912. Unable to join his pregnant wife, Madeleine, in the lifeboats, he was last seen on deck. When his body was later recovered from the sea, it appeared that he had been struck and killed by one of the ship's smoke stacks. Madeleine, who survived, gave birth to their son the following August. John Jacob Astor IV's monument is near the Astor family vault.

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  • Added: 20 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4390
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Jacob Astor, IV (13 Jul 1864–15 Apr 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4390, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .