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  • ID: I11664
  • Name: Cornelius <Cornelius> Vanderbilt 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: The /Commodore/
  • Name: Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt 3 4 5 6
  • Name: Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt 7 4
  • Name: Cornelius <Cornelius>"Commodore" Vanderbilt 8 9
  • Birth: 27 MAY 1794 in Staten Island, Richmond County, NY
  • Birth: 27 FEB 1794 in Staten Island 3 4
  • Birth: 27 MAY 1794 2
  • Birth: 27 MAY 1794 in Rahway, Essex County, NJ 4
  • Death: 4 JAN 1877 in New York City, Kings County, NY 3 4
  • Death: 4 JAN 1877 in New York City, NY 4
  • Burial: 6 JAN 1877 Vanderbilt Plot, Staten Island, NY 4
  • Occupation: Steamboat business
  • Change Date: 17 FEB 2002
  • Change Date: 14 DEC 1999 6 4
  • Religion: United Brethren Moravian Church, Richmond Co, NY
  • Reference Number: 8832
  • Note:
    [Blainetree.FTW]

    Vanderbilt, Cornelius (1794-1877), American industrialist, born on Staten Island, New York. He entered the transportation business at the age of 16 when he established a freight-and-passenger ferry service between Staten Island and Manhattan. He owned a fleet of schooners during the War of 1812, entered the steamer business in 1818, and bought his first steamship in 1829. Rapidly expanding his operations, he became a vigorous competitor, reducing his rates and simultaneously improving his ships. Vanderbilt soon controlled much of the Hudson River trade; when his rivals paid him to take his traffic elsewhere, he set up routes from Long Island Sound to Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston. By 1846 he was a wealthy man, widely known as Commodore Vanderbilt. In 1851, during the height of the California gold rush, he opened a land-and-sea line that ran from New York State to San Francisco, providing Forty-Niners with quick transport and low fares. In 1855 he effected passenger and cargo service between New York City and Le Havre, France.

    Vanderbilt sold his steamboats in 1862 and began to buy railroad stock; within five years he controlled the New York Central Railroad. He continued his policy of improving service and greatly expanded his railroad holdings. Although in 1868 he failed to gain control of the Erie Railroad, he established a direct rail route between New York City and Chicago in 1873.

    Late in life Vanderbilt became an important figure in financial circles and a philanthropist; his endowments included $1 million to Vanderbilt University. At the time of his death his wealth was estimated to exceed $100 million.




    Father: Cornelius <Jacob> Vanderbilt b: 24 AUG 1764 in Staten Island, Richmond County, NY
    Mother: Phebe <Samuel> Hand b: 17 MAY 1767 in Rahway, Essex County, NJ

    Marriage 1 Sophia <Nathaniel> Johnson b: 7 MAY 1795 in Staten Island
    • Married: 19 NOV 1813 in Staten Island, NY 3 4
    • Married: ABT 1810 4
    Children
    1. Has No Children Phebe Jane <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1814
    2. Has No Children Ethelinda <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1817
    3. Has No Children Elizabeth <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1819
    4. Has Children William Henry <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1821 in New Brunswick, NJ
    5. Has Children Emily Elmira <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: 6 JUN 1823
    6. Has No Children Sophia Johnson <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1825
    7. Has No Children Maria Louisa <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1827
    8. Has No Children Frances Lavina <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1828
    9. Has No Children Cornelius Jeremiah <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1829
    10. Has No Children Mary Alicia <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1833
    11. Has No Children Catherine Juliette <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1835
    12. Has No Children George Washington <Cornelius> Vanderbilt b: ABT 1836

    Marriage 2 Frank Armstrong CRAWFORD b: 13 JAN 1839 in Virginia
    • Married: 21 AUG 1869 in New York City, Kings County, NY
    • Married: 21 AUG 1869 2

    Sources:
    1. Title: Ancestral File (R)
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998
      Repository:
      Note:
      NAME Family History Library
      ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
      CONT Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
    2. Title: CRAWFORD.ged
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: 17 Jul 2005
    3. Title: CORn.ged
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Mar 1, 2002
    4. Title: Blainetree.FTW
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Mar 18, 2002
    5. Title: Notable Descendants of Adam Brouwer
      Note: TYPE Web SiteDATE 6/21/1999
    6. Title: Gloria.ged
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Mar 1, 2002
    7. Title: Julie.FBK
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Jul 19, 2000
    8. Title: Record: Oct 1976 pg 202
      Note: ABBR Record: Oct 1976 pg 202
    9. Title: GNJF pg 419
      Note: ABBR GNJF pg 419
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