William Kissam Vanderbilt

William Kissam Vanderbilt

United States Railroad Manager and Horse Breeder
Born Dec 12, 1849
Hometown New Dorp, Staten ...
Died Jul 22, 1920
Death Place Paris (short for ...

William Kissam Vanderbilt was a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. He managed railroads and was a horse breeder.

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1849 Birth Born on December 12, 1849.


1875 25 Years Old Vanderbilt's first wife was Alva Erskine Smith (1853–1933), whom he married on April 20, 1875. … Read More
1877 27 Years Old Consuelo Vanderbilt was born on March 2, 1877, followed by William Kissam Vanderbilt II on March 2, 1878, and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt on July 6, 1884. … Read More


1895 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Alva divorced Vanderbilt in March 1895, at a time when divorce was rare among the elite, and received a large financial settlement reported to be in excess of $10 million (equal to about $ million today). The grounds for divorce were allegations of Vanderbilt's adultery. Alva remarried to one of their old family friends, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, on January 11, 1896.
1896 46 Years Old In 1896, he built the American Horse Exchange at 50th Street (Manhattan) and Broadway.


1903 53 Years Old In 1903, Vanderbilt married Anne Harriman, daughter of banker Oliver Harriman. … Read More


1911 61 Years Old In 1911 he leased it (and eventually sold it to) the Shubert Organization who then transformed it into the Winter Garden Theatre. … Read More
1920 71 Years Old William Kissam Vanderbilt died in Paris, France on July 22, 1920. … Read More
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