Cornelius Vanderbilt
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Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Birthday
27, 1794
Birthplace
Staten Island, NY
Death Date
Jan 4, 1877 (82)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
27, 1794
Birthplace
Staten Island, NY
Death Date
Jan 4, 1877 (82)

About

Nicknamed the Commodore. He amassed an enormous fortune through shipping and railroads.

Before Fame

He dropped out of school at age 11 to work for his father's ferry business.

Trivia

He was a renowned philanthropist and used part of his fortune to start a famous university that bore his name.

Family Life

His son William Henry Vanderbilt greatly expanded the empire and added to the millions earned by his father. He married Sophia Johnson in 1813 and he had another son named George Washington Vanderbilt II.

Associated With

He hired the great orator Daniel Webster to defend him in the Supreme Court against monopoly charges.