Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact Sheet: Who was Cornelius Vanderbilt? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1794 - 1877 *** Full Name: Cornelius Vanderbilt *** Nickname: The Commodore *** Occupation: American Railroad/Water Transport Businessman and Philanthropist *** Date of Birth: Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on May 27th 1794 *** Place of Birth: Cornelius Vanderbilt was born in Staten Island, New York, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Cornelius van Derbilt and his mother Phebe Hand. His father's family originated from the Netherlands and the family name was believed to have been van der (“of the”) Bilt being the name of the village the family came from. The name later merged into van Derbilt and finally Vanderbilt *** Early life and childhood: He grew up on Staten Island *** Education: Cornelius Vanderbilt quit school when he was eleven years of age ***
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 1:
Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on May
27th 1794 and during the 18th
century period in history when
France and America both went through
revolutions and the Industrial
Revolution began in Britain.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 3: Whichever is true, he did have vessel and he did begin his own ferry business and it was at this time he acquired his nickname when captains nearby began calling him The Commodore.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 4:
In December of 1813 he married
Sophia Johnson, his first cousin,
and together they would thirteen
children of which twelve reached
adulthood. Nine were daughters and
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 9: He began to expand his lines to the surrounding regions. He took over Gibbons’ ferry to New Jersey and then switched it to Long Island Sound.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 10: As he built his ferry business he also had his hand on other areas of business, including large amounts of real estate in Staten Island as well as Manhattan.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 11:
As the California gold rush took off
he decided to monopolize on the
interest and switched from local
steamboat lines to larger ocean
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 16: During the 1850’s he turned his attention to the railroad and began to build his Empire. He became a board member on the Erie Railway, the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Harford and New Haven as well as the New York and Harlem, his main desire in securing these railroads considered to be worthless was to make them valuable.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 17: He would bring his eldest son, Billy in to assist him. Billy had had some mental health issues previously but given the opportunity to show his worth to his father he did not disappoint and his father would make operational manager of his entire railroad business.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 18: It was Cornelius Vanderbilt that commissioned the Grand Central Depot to be built in and finished in 1871. By 1913 the Grand Central Depot was replaced with Grand Central Terminal.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Fact 19:
Cornelius Vanderbilt died on January
4th 1877 at his home on Washington
Place from exhaustion, aged eighty
two year. His body laid to rest in
the family vault in the Moravian
Cemetery at New Dorp on Staten
Island, U.S. His net worth when he
died was one hundred and five
million United States dollars.
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