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.


1907 23 Years Old He was educated by tutors and at private schools in Massachusetts, including St. Mark's School, Harvard College (AB 1907), and Harvard Law School, where he attended from 1907 to 1910 but did not receive a degree. … Read More


1917 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1917, Vanderbilt was commissioned a lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Naval Reserve.
On July 17, 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 several railway companies:
1922 38 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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." (John Lennon, formerly of The Beatles, purchased it shortly before his 1980 murder.)
Vanderbilt achieved the pinnacle of yacht racing in 1930 by defending the America's Cup in the J-class yacht Enterprise.
1931 47 Years Old In 1931, he filed papers to incorporate the Town of Manalapan and became the Town's first mayor.


1934 50 Years Old In 1934, his sister, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, built her own mansion on Hypoluxo Island, across the water from Eastover.
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
1938 54 Years Old In addition to sailing, Vanderbilt was a licensed pilot, and in 1938 he acquired a Sikorsky S-43 "Flying Boat". … Read More


1944 - 1947 2 More Events
1955 71 Years Old A longtime member of the university's Board of Trust, he served as its president between 1955 and 1968. … Read More
1963 79 Years Old In 1963, Vanderbilt assisted the Preservation Society of Newport County in acquiring Marble House, which his mother had sold more than 30 years earlier. … Read More
1970 86 Years Old Harold Stirling Vanderbilt died in July 4, 1970. … Read More
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