Portrait c.1896, of John Jacob Astor IV, (1864-1912). An American Gilded Age society member, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Spanish-American War, and wealthy businessman.  He perished during the sinking of the Titanic, and was considered one of the richest men in the world, during the era. ~  Portrait by French artist: Leon Bonnat, (1822-1933) ~ {cwlyons} ~ (Image: The NYPL)

Gilded Age era in New York City, society member, businessman, who perished during the sinking of the Titanic. John Jacob Astor IV Portrait by artist: Leon Bonnat, ~~ {cwl} ~~ (Image: NYPL)

John Jacob Astor lV & wife 19 year old Madeleine & his dog Kitty.  Headed for the Titanic...he & Kitty did not survive.  Madeleine on her return later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.

*JOHN JACOB ASTOR IV: wife Madeleine, and dog Kitty headed for the Titanic. He and Kitty did not survive. Madeleine, on her return, later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.

Madeleine Astor, Titanic survivor and wife of John Jacob Astor IV, ca. 1910. Source: Library of Congress

Madeleine Talmage Astor Dick (née Force, formerly Fiermonte) (June 1893 – March was the second wife and widow of millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and a survivor of RMS Titanic.

John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War and a member of the prominent Astor family. In April 1912, Astor earned a prominent place in history when he embarked on the ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank four days into its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. Astor did not survive. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.

John Jacob Jack Astor IV July 13 1864 April 15 1912 was an American businessman real estate builder investor inventor writer lieutenant colonel i

The body of John Jacob Astor IV (Body No. 124), was recovered by the MacKay-Bennett.  This photo shows Astor's funeral in New York. Astor’s body had been given to the care of a Mr. N. Biddle and forwarded to New York on May 1, 1912. J.J. Astor was the richest person aboard Titanic. At the time of the  sinking, his young wife, 19-year-old Madeleine Force, was pregnant, she gave birth to a son, John Jacob Astor VI, Aug. 14, 1912, exactly four months after the sinking of Titanic. (LIBRARY OF…

The funeral procession of John Jacob Astor IV, who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic, enters Trinity Church Cemetery in upper Manhattan in May 1912 photo. (The New York Times)distant relative

Above is a photo of the Entrance Hall in the John Jacob Astor IV Mansion in New York City. The Mansion had been built by Richard Morris Hunt for John's mother, Caroline, Queen of New York City Society, as a double palace for her and her son. When she died in 1908, John had the mansion converted into one massive residence. The mansion was demolished around 1926 and replaced with the Temple Emanu-El, New York City's largest synagogue.

Above is a photo of the Entrance Hall in the John Jacob Astor IV Mansion in New York City. The Mansion had been built by Richard Morris.

John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob Astor IV

Ballroom in Mrs. William Backhouse Astor Jr. and John Jacob Astor IV house, 1895, at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street.

Ballroom in Mrs. and John Jacob Astor IV house, at Fifth Avenue and Street. The room could accommodate up to 1200 guests.

John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Madeleine, the wealthiest passengers on board the ship. Madeleine survived.

John Jacob Astor IV

One of the last photos of John Jacob Astor IV and his young 18 year old wife Madeleine Talmage Force-Astor. They were on the TITANIC when it hit the iceberg. (He died on ship but she survived).

That’s John Jacob Astor IV, Jakie, son of Mrs. Astor, father of Vincent, the man who only a few years later would be lost on the Titanic. That's his wife with the veil sitting with her back to him.

John Jacob Astor, playing tennis at Newport around His first wife, Ava Willing, is seated on the left in the foreground. she has turned her back on her husband.

Mrs. William Backhouse Astor Jr. and John Jacob Astor IV house, 1895, designed by Richard Morris Hunt, at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street. Ulti...

The Most Spectacular Mansions from Manhattan’s Gilded Age

Brooke Astor (1902-2007) was an American philanthropist, socialite, & writer who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, which had been established by her third husband, Vincent Astor, son of John Jacob Astor IV & great-great grandson of America's first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor. During her brief marriage to Vincent, whom she called "Captain", Brooke participated in his real-estate & hotel empire & his philanthropic endeavors. Vincent died leaving all his money to…

Brooke Astor,philanthropist, in her New York City Apartment. She Was The Last Of The American Astor Branch

The John Jacob Astor IV & his mother Caroline Schermerhorn Astor residence designed by Richard Morris Hunt c. 1896 at 840 Fifth Avenue & East 65th Street in New York City.  The Astors moved into this house after demolishing their brownstone at 34th Street & Fifth Avenue to build the Astoria portion of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The John Jacob Astor IV and his mother Caroline Schermerhorn Astor residence designed by Richard Morris Hunt c. 1896 at 840 Fifth Aven.

New York's Knickerbocker Hotel reopens

such a beautiful story !) The Knickerbocker in New York City opens its doors to guests on Thursday, more than a century since John Jacob Astor IV built the hotel.

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