John IV
American businessman and officer in the Spanish-American War
John IV
John Jacob Astor IV was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War and a member of the prominent Astor family. In April 1912, Astor earned a prominent place in history when he embarked on the ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank four days into its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. Astor did not survive. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.
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Bentley announces recovery council - Tuscaloosa News
Google News - over 5 years
... Birmingham; attorney Finis St. John IV, partner, St. John and St. John, Cullman; Rex Vaughn, Vaughn Farms, Huntsville; W. Michael Warren, president and CEO, Children's Health System, Birmingham; Randall Woodfin, assistant city attorney, Pratt City
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Versatile J.T. Curtis approaches 500 football coaching wins - MaxPreps
Google News - over 5 years
Now he has a son, John IV, a 12-year-old who is going through the same process as a water boy and ballboy for the varsity. Jeff has been on the staff since 1999 and today he coaches quarterbacks and running backs. He calls it "a tremendous working
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IV/Play 1.5.2 : Nouvelle interface pour MAME - Emu Nova
Google News - over 5 years
Elle est développée par John IV qui bosse aussi sur MAMEUI. Les 2 programmes ont des fonctions similaires et ont beaucoup de raccourcis clavier en commun. IV/Play se pilote grâce au clavier et est désigné pour un PC de bureau à la différence d'autres
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Ministerial Musings: The Debt Ceiling, Health Care, And Jesus - Lakewood Observer
Google News - over 5 years
... and a nationally published author. His first book of poetry, Blind Painting, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters in 2003. He and his wife, Susan, live in Lakewood, Ohio with their children: Sarah, “Jay” (John IV), and Thomas
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Change in Congressional districts could result in only UAH alum leaving UA ... - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
By Paul Gattis, The Huntsville Times Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch will leave the University of Alabama System board of trustees when his term expires this year, according to board president pro tem Finis St. John IV
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UAH presidential search committee in 'preliminary discussions' with candidates - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Finis St. John IV, chair of the committee and president pro tem of the University of Alabama board of trustees, on Friday described the committee as having "preliminary discussions" with candidates. It's the first time the committee has confirmed
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Ministerial Musings: The Gospel According To Forrest Gump - Lakewood Observer
Google News - over 5 years
... and a nationally published author. His first book of poetry, Blind Painting, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters in 2003. He and his wife, Susan, live in Lakewood, Ohio with their children: Sarah, “Jay” (John IV), and Thomas
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Belmont Man Killed In Drive-By Shooting - Caribarena Antigua
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Marlon Williams, 31, was reportedly the victim of a drive-by shooting as he was walking near the John IV race track. He was found at about 10:20 pm with a gunshot wound to his thigh. Although he was rushed to the nearby hospital, he succumbed to his
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A life lived: Egg Harbor City man spend life building boats and enjoying the ... - Press of Atlantic City
Google News - over 5 years
“He was getting paid 50 cents a day, but he thought he was worth 75,” says Jack's grandson, John IV. “So he quit and went to work for somebody else.” But Jack was back in a family business before long. The US Army sent him to New Mexico in the early
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IV/Play 1.5 : Nouvelle interface pour MAME - Emu Nova
Google News - over 5 years
Elle est développée par John IV qui bosse aussi sur MAMEUI. Les 2 programmes ont des fonctions similaires et ont beaucoup de raccourcis clavier en commun. IV/Play se pilote grâce au clavier et est désigné pour un PC de bureau à la différence d'autres
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Lester J. Miller - Martinsburg Journal
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He is survived by one son, Michael Miller and wife, Debbie, of Bunker Hill; two daughters, Jo Ann Kuhn and husband, John IV, of Bunker Hill, and Sandra Good, of Harrisburg, Pa.; four grandchildren, Bradlee Miller, Ryan Miller, Sarah Kuhn and Jackie
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Haemorrhoid goes Wilde - Jamaica Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
Young John's first son was John IV (naturally) but, as an enthusiast of modern telegraphy, everybody called him 'Sparky'. Tony's daughter was named for her maiden aunt but became known as 'Etty', while Aunt Esther was alive. Sparky fell head over heels
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Helene Webby Krapf - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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Helene will be sadly missed by all of her nieces, Amy, Angel Mae, Charbi Anne, Loriah Ann and Leanne; and nephews, Peter, Ferris, John Jr., Joseph and Christopher; godson, John IV; great-nieces, great-nephews, Aunt Tamam, her children, many cousins,
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Hundreds come out to pay respects to Judge Carroll - StarNewsOnline.com
Google News - over 5 years
Behind Judge Carroll's accolades and public service was John, a loving husband and father to four children: Nancy, Maura, John IV and Barbara. "He was a great, great family man," said his wife Charlene in a Friday interview
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IV/Play 1.0 : Nouvelle interface pour MAME - Emu Nova
Google News - almost 6 years
Elle est développée par John IV qui bosse aussi sur MAMEUI. Les 2 programmes ont des fonctions similaires et ont beaucoup de raccourcis clavier en commun. IV/Play se pilote grâce au clavier et est désigné pour un PC de bureau à la différence d'autres
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UAH search committee aiming to hire new president by start of August classes - al.com (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
"We would like to have a president in place before the academic year begins, but that may not be possible," said Finis St. John IV, president pro tem of the University of Alabama System trustees and chair of the search committee
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Five generations of John Hughes Key live in Rossview - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
And John IV — with wife Whitney — recently introduced John V to the family. Pop said John was simply a name that had been in the family; his maternal grandfather was called John. As for Hughes, that middle name was the name of his sister's beau when
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iBerkshires Election Roundup 2011 - iBerkshires.com
Google News - almost 6 years
... Board of Assessors member Laurie Charon, Board of Health member Jeffrey Warner and Reginal Hill as Adams representative and newcomer Edmund St. John IV as Cheshire representative to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Committee
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Sanctuaries of Sound to Observe the Easter Holiday
NYTimes - almost 6 years
A sampling of noteworthy musical presentations planned for the holiday season at churches and other sites in New York, from Friday through Easter Sunday, compiled by Anne Mancuso. All are free unless otherwise noted. (Churches accept donations. Unless noted, church choirs are featured in church concerts.) Friday New York University, Deutsches Haus,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Jacob Astor IV
    FORTIES
  • 1912
    Age 47
    Astor died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic during the early hours of April 15, 1912.
    More Details Hide Details He was among the 1,514 people on board who did not survive. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic and was thought to be among the richest people in the world at that time, with a net worth of nearly $87 million when he died (equivalent to $ billion in).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1898
    Age 33
    He was mustered out of the Volunteer Army in November 1898.
    More Details Hide Details During the war, he allowed his yacht, the Nourmahal, to be used by the U.S. government. He appeared in the films President McKinley's Inspection of Camp Wikoff (1898) and Col. John Jacob Astor, Staff and Veterans of the Spanish–American War (1899). As a result of his military service, Astor was entitled to the Spanish Campaign Medal. After the war, Astor was often referred to as "Colonel Astor". Astor was a member of several military and hereditary societies. He was an early member of the New York Society of Colonial Wars and was assigned membership number 138. He was also a member of the Military Order of Foreign Wars, Society of the Army of Santiago de Cuba, and the Society of the American Wars of the United States. Astor's estate "Ferncliff", north of the town center of Rhinebeck, New York, with a mile and a half of Hudson River frontage in the picturesque Lower Hudson River Valley, had been purchased piecemeal by his father in the mid-19th century; Astor was born there. His father's Italianate house of 1864 was partly rebuilt in 1904 to designs by Stanford White of McKim, Mead, and White, retaining its conservative exterior, and a sports pavilion in Louis XVI style was added. The "Casino" or "Astor Courts" reportedly housed the first residential indoor swimming pool in the U.S., an indoor tennis court with vaulting of Guastavino tile, and guest bedrooms; in the lower level were a bowling alley and a shooting range.
    In May 1898, Astor was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Volunteers and served as an officer on the staff of Major General William Shafter in Cuba, during the Santiago Campaign.
    More Details Hide Details He was later given a brevet (honorary promotion) to colonel in recognition of his services.
    Shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish–American War in 1898, Astor personally financed a volunteer artillery unit known as the "Astor Battery", which saw service in the Philippines.
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    He also patented several inventions, including a bicycle brake in 1898, a "vibratory disintegrator" used to produce gas from peat moss, and a pneumatic road-improver, and he helped develop a turbine engine.
    More Details Hide Details Astor made millions in real estate. In 1897, Astor built the Astoria Hotel, "the world's most luxurious hotel", in New York City, adjoining the Waldorf Hotel owned by Astor's cousin and rival, William. The complex became known as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, coincidentally becoming the host location to the U.S. inquiries into the sinking of the RMS Titanic, on which Colonel Astor died.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1894
    Age 29
    From 1894 to 1896, he was a colonel on the military staff of New York Governor Levi P. Morton.
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  • 1891
    Age 26
    On February 17, 1891, Astor married socialite Ava Lowle Willing (1868–1958), a daughter of Edward Shippen Willing and Alice Barton. The couple had two children: John and Ava divorced in November 1909.
    More Details Hide Details Compounding the scandal of their divorce was Astor's announcement that he would remarry. At the age of 47, John married 18-year-old socialite Madeleine Talmage Force (1893–1940), the sister of real estate businesswoman and socialite Katherine Emmons Force (1891–1956). Katherine and Madeleine's parents were William Hurlbut Force and Katherine Arvilla Talmage. John and Madeleine were married in his mother's ballroom at Beechwood, the family's Newport, Rhode Island, mansion. There was also much controversy over their 29-year age difference. His son Vincent despised Madeleine, yet he served as best man at John and Madeleine's wedding. The couple took an extended honeymoon in Europe and Egypt to wait for the gossip to calm down. Among the few Americans who did not spurn him at this time was Margaret Brown, later fictionalized as The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She accompanied the Astors to Egypt and France and, by coincidence, was called home to the U.S. at the same time the Astors also found it necessary to abbreviate their touring.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1864
    Born
    John Jacob Astor IV was born on July 13, 1864 at his parents country estate Ferncliff in Rhinebeck, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He was the youngest of five children and only son of businessman, collector, and race horse breeder/owner William Backhouse Astor, Jr. (1829–1892) and socialite Caroline Webster "Lina" Schermerhorn (1830–1908). His four elder sisters were Emily (1854–1881), Helen (1855–1893), Charlotte (1858–1920), and Caroline ("Carrie") (1861–1948). He was a great-grandson of fur-trader John Jacob Astor (1763–1848) and Sarah Cox Todd (1761–1834), whose fortune made the Astor family one of the wealthiest in the United States. John's paternal grandfather William Backhouse Astor, Sr. (1792–1875) was a prominent real estate businessman. Through his paternal grandmother Margaret Alida Rebecca Armstrong (1800–1872), John was also a great-grandson of Senator John Armstrong, Jr. (1758–1843) and Alida Livingston (1761–1822) of the Livingston family. Lina's parents were Rochester mayor Abraham Maus Schermerhorn and socialite Helen Van Courtlandt White. Astor attended St Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and later attended Harvard University. John was also a nephew of financer/philanthropist John Jacob Astor III (1822–1890) and grandnephew of occasional poet John Jacob Astor, Jr. (1791–1869). His sister Helen's husband was diplomat James Roosevelt "Rosey" Roosevelt (1854–1927), half-brother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) of the Roosevelt family. Another sister, Carrie, a noted philanthropist, was the wife of Marshall Orme Wilson (1860–1926), brother of banker Richard Thornton Wilson, Jr. (1866–1929) and socialite Grace Graham Wilson (1870–1953).
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