Vincent Astor

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Birthday
15, 1891
Birthplace
New Hampshire
Death Date
Feb 3, 1959 (67)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
15, 1891
Birthplace
New Hampshire
Death Date
Feb 3, 1959 (67)

About

Scion of New York's powerful Astor family who became a prominent philanthropist.

Before Fame

He had a much different philosophy than his parents, preferring to focus on issues of atomic power, trains, and cars.

Trivia

He used his family's considerable holdings in real estate to develop public projects. For example, he built children's playgrounds in valuable sections of The Bronx and Harlem.

Family Life

His Astor family became the first millionaires in the United States at the turn of the 19th century. He was married to Helen Dinsmore Huntington from 1914 to 1940, Mary Benedict Cushing from 1940 to 1953 and Brooke Astor from 1953 until his death.

Associated With

He sponsored Richard Byrd's expedition to the South Pole for which Byrd named one of the peaks he charted after Astor.