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Cornelius Vanderbilt, II

  • Birth 27 Nov 1843 New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
  • Death 12 Sep 1899 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
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Noted Financier and Head of the House of Vanderbilt in the third generation. Eldest son of William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885) and Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821-1896) ~ grandson, and namesake, of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877). Cornelius II assumed leadership as Chairman of the Board of the New York Central, and related railway systems, in 1885; withdrawing from active management in July, 1896, as the result of a paralytic stroke. Though retired from active control he took an advisory role in the many properties in which he, and the family, had made investments. Regarded as a capable and conservative railroad manager, and a splendid accountant; mastering the intricacies of the banking system during his association with the Shoe and Leather Bank of New York. Between 1885 and his untimely death in 1899 the stock of the leading railroads, with which the Vanderbilt name was then identified, had enhanced in value to the amount of $173,497,000. over their worth at the time he assumed control. Kindly, charitable, and democratic, he held the respect of employees at all levels of the Vanderbilt railroad interests. This Cornelius, deriving no pleasure in yachting, or the Turf, sought the satisfactions of philanthropy, fine music, good paintings and exquisite architecture. His New York residence on Fifth Avenue, imposing and dignified, was the largest private townhouse ever built in the City; his country retreat, "The Breakers," at Newport, Rhode Island, was the most splendid house at that summer resort.

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  • Added: 12 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8628665
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius Vanderbilt, II (27 Nov 1843–12 Sep 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8628665, citing Vanderbilt Mausoleum, New Dorp, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .