Cornelius Vanderbilt II

United States businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt II

Cornelius Vanderbilt II was an American socialite, heir, businessman, and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. He was the favorite grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who left him $5 million, and the eldest son of William Henry Vanderbilt, who left him close to $70 million. In his turn he succeeded them as head of the New York Central and related railroad lines in 1885.
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  • 1899
    Age 55
    Died in 1899.
  • 1896
    Age 52
    He had a reputation as something of a workaholic, though a stroke in 1896 compelled him to reduce his active business involvement.
  • 1885
    Age 41
    In his turn he succeeded them as head of the New York Central and related railroad lines in 1885.
  • 1869
    Age 25
    Their eldest child, a daughter named Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, was born in 1869 but died of a childhood illness in 1874 at the age of five.
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  • 1867
    Age 23
    In 1867 he married Alice Claypoole Gwynne (1845–1934) whom he met at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church where both taught Sunday School.
  • 1843
    Born in 1843.
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