The Vanderbilt family. c.1874. Going to the Opera, by Seymour Guy. Painted prior to William Henry Vanderbit erecting his triple mansion at 640 Fifth Avenue. Florence Vanderbilt and later Twombly (as she married financier Hamilton Twombly) with Willie K. at her side. Margret, in green, unfurls a fan in the foreground. Behind her to the right, her husband Elliot F. Shepard is being help into his overcoat by the butler. At right stands Cornelius Vanderbilt 11, beside his seated wife Alice.
William Henry Vanderbilt Birth: May 8, 1821New Brunswick Middlesex County New Jersey, USADeath: Dec. 8, 1885 Manhattan New York County USA 19th Century American railroad developer and financier. He was born William Henry Vanderbilt, in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 8th, 1821, the son of the famous New York ferry and railroad pioneer Cornelius “The Commodore” Vanderbilt. Starting at the bottom, he worked his way up through the family business, to become his father’s closets aide
William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt I (1821–1885) was an American businessman & a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family. He inherited nearly $100 million from his father, railroad mogul & family patriarch "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt upon his death in 1877 & had increased it to almost $194 million at his death less than nine years later. When he died, he was the richest man in the world. In 1841 he married Maria Louisa Kissam. He & his wife had eight children: four sons & four…
William Henry Vanderbilt N Y Central Railroad in the 1860’s.took over as president of the N Y Central following the death of his father in 1877. considered a “robber baron”. & Seeing that the tide of public opinion was turning against vast monopolies,he sold large amounts of his stock in 1879. As his health declined, he resigned as president of the N YCentral railroad in 1883; final years to his philanthropies & his horses death in 1885, from 1877-1885, doubled inheritance to $200,000,000
William Kissam Vanderbilt I (1849–1920) He managed railroads & was a horse breeder. The 2nd son of William Henry Vanderbilt, from whom he inherited $55 million. His first wife was Alva Erskine Smith whom he married in 1875. Alva divorced Vanderbilt in 1895, at a time when divorce was rare among the elite, & received a large financial settlement reported to be in excess of $10 million. The grounds for divorce were allegations of Vanderbilt's adultery.