Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

Born Jul 6, 1884

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt was an American railroad executive, a champion yachtsman, a champion bridge player and a member of the Vanderbilt family.

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1884 Birth Born on July 6, 1884.


1910 26 Years Old He was educated by tutors and at private schools including St. Mark's School, Harvard College (AB 1907), and Harvard Law School, graduating in 1910. … Read More


1917 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1917 Vanderbilt was commissioned a lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy Reserve.
On 17 July 1918 he was reassigned to the US Navy forces in Europe and reported to Submarine Chaser Detachment 3 at Queenstown, Ireland in August.
1920 36 Years Old On his father's death in 1920, Harold inherited a fortune that included the Idle Hour country estate at Oakdale, New York, (on Long Island) and equity in the following railway companies: … Read More
1922 38 Years Old As an adult, he pursued his interest in yachting, winning six "King's Cups" and five Astor Cups at regattas between 1922 and 1938.


1925 41 Years Old In 1925, he built his own luxurious vacation home at Palm Beach, Florida that he called "El Solano." … Read More
1930 46 Years Old His victory put him on the cover of the September 15, 1930, issue of Time magazine. … Read More


1935 51 Years Old In the fall of 1935, Harold began a study of the yacht racing rules with three friends: Philip J. Roosevelt, President of the North American Yacht Racing Union (predecessor to US SAILING); Van Merle-Smith, President of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound; and Henry H. Anderson. "The four men began by attempting to take the right-of-way rules as they were and amending them. … Read More
1936 52 Years Old In 1936, Vanderbilt, with assistance from the other three had developed an alternative set of rules, printed them, and mailed a copy to every yachtsman that Harold knew personally or by name in both the United States and England. … Read More


1955 - 1962 2 More Events
1963 79 Years Old …  In 1963, Harold Vanderbilt assisted the Preservation Society of Newport County in acquiring the Marble House summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, sold by his mother more than thirty years earlier. … Read More
1964 80 Years Old …  When the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1964, Vanderbilt was one of the first three persons elected.
1970 86 Years Old Harold Stirling Vanderbilt died in 1970. … Read More
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