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  • ID: P18996
  • Birth: 29 Jan 1844 in Tomkinsville, Staten Island, New York
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  • Residence: 1880 Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States
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  • Name: Aaron Vanderbilt
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  • Residence: 1900 New York City, New York, New York
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  • Sex: M
  • Note:
    The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography
    VANDERBILT, Aaron, manufacturer, was born at Tomkinsville, Staten Island, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1844. He comes of another branch of Commodore Vanderbilt's family. His great-grandfather, John Vanderbilt, a resident of Staten Island, was a member of the legislature in DeWitt Clinton's time. He had a son, Aaron, who married a Mary Simonson, whose ancestry were among the first settlers of Staten Island. From this union came Isaac Simonson Vanderbilt, who married a lady named Sarah Seguine, descended from a family of French Huguenots, who first settled and named that part of Staten Island known as Seguine's Point. Their son, Aaron, is the subject of the present notice. After leaving school he commenced his business career as a clerk in the office of a shipping and commission house in 1859, and subsequently served for some time in the merchant marine. He arrived from a voyage to the Mediterranean shortly after the breaking out of the civil war, and was appointed in the U. S. navy as a master's mate, and ordered to the U. S. sloop-of-war Savannah for instruction and drill; thence to the gunboat Vicksburg, doing duty as a guard ship to the port of New York, and blockading the entrance of Cape Fear river, N. C. He took part in various engagements, and in the defense of Annapolis, Md.; and preparatory to the attack on the forts at the mouth of Cape Fear river, reconnoitered thirty miles of the coast and fortifications north and south of Cape Fear, and made drawings of the plan of the defenses. He was then ordered to duty on the staff of Rear-Adm. David Dixon Porter, commanding the North Atlantic squadron, with the Malvern for his flagship, and participated in the battles of Fort Fisher in 1864 and 1805. Mr. Vanderbilt was present at the engagements with Forts Anderson, Strong, and Lee, and at the taking of Wilmington, N. C.; was then ordered to the Appomattox and James rivers, taking part in the siege of Petersburg and Richmond; was promoted to ensign after the second battle of Fort Fisher, and, after the capture of Wilmington, performed the duty of fleet signal officer during the command of Adm. Porter; and was one of the escort to President Lincoln on his entrance into Richmond at the fall of that city. After the close of the war he applied for and received an honorable discharge, aud entered mercantile life again as a partner in the firm of James Moore & Co., built the Alligator Steam Saw Mills on the St. John's river, Fla., and established a line of sailing packets between New York and Jacksonville; besides being connected with a maritime firm running lines of sailing vessels to the Mediterranean, In 1877 he was appointed general superintendent of the Ward line of steamships, subsequently the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Co., of which he was for many years a member of the board of directors. Mr. Vanderbilt has taken a very active part in the national work for the restoration of the merchant marine of the United States, and was one of the founders and organizers of the American Shipping and Industrial League in 1886, serving on the board of officers as its national treasurer, and representing it and the American shipping interests at Washington during the fiftieth and fifty-first congresses. His efforts in securing the passage of the U. S. Mail Subvention act aud other legislation contributing to the American merchant marine in foreign trade, has been highly commended. To Mr. Vanderbilt is mainly due the credit of the establishment of the U. S. naval reserve as an auxiliary to the navy, as the national guard is to the army. As chairman of the committee on naval reserve of the board of trade of New York, he opened correspondence with the governors and adjutant-generals of the various states, and with the secretary of the navy, in respect to the proposed new branch of the service. A number of states passed acts creating state naval militia, and he secured the passage of a similar act by the state of New York in the spring of 1889, and induced the national government to grant an annual appropriation contributing to the support of the battalions, and providing ships of war for their instruction. He was also largely instrumental in securing the passage of the U. S. Mail Subvention act, providing for auxiliary cruisers in the event of war, as well as the introduction of a bill in the fifty-third congress to complete the work providing the enrollment of the sea-going officers and men of the merchant marine into the reserve, on application and qualification. Mr. Vanderbilt has served as a member of the maritime exchange committee on international maritime conferences, which secured the act inviting and creating the International Maritime Congress at Washington for the better security of life and property at sea. Mr. Vanderbilt is now engaged in the manufacture of machinery, and is treasurer of the Wheeler Condenser and Engineering Co., of New York. He was a member of Gen. W. S. Hancock's memorable staff during the obsequies of Gen. U. S. Grant, and one of the guard of honor with the remains while lying in state. He is a companion of the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, a comrade of the Grand Army, member of the United States Naval Institute, at Annapolis, Md., and of the Army and Navy Club, of Washington; chairman of the committee on ocean transportation of the board of trade, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was married in 1869 to Miss Lillie Wheeler, and has two daughters. His home is at New Brighton, Staten Island.
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  • Title: Aaron Vanderbilt



    Father: Isaac Simonson Vanderbilt b: 23 Sep 1821 in Castleton, Richmond, New York
    Mother: Sarah A. Seguine

    Marriage 1 Lillie Wheeler b: abt 1847 in New York
    • Married: 1869 1
    Children
    1. Has No Children Lillie B. Vanderbilt b: abt 1875 in New York
    2. Has No Children Edith W. Vanderbilt b: abt 1879 in New York

    Sources:
    1. Repository:
        Name: Ancestry.com
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      Title: 1900 United States Federal Census
      Author: Ancestry.com
      Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623,
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      Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: T623_1085; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 107.
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      Note:
      Text: Birth date: Jan 1844 Birth place: New York Marriage date: 1869 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: New York City, New York, New York
    2. Repository:
        Name: Ancestry.com
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      Title: 1880 United States Federal Census
      Author: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limite
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      Page: Year: 1880; Census Place: Staten Island, Richmond, New York; Roll: 923; Family History Film: 1254923; Page: 50B; Enumeration District: 298; Image: 0106.
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      Note:
      Text: Birth date: abt 1844 Birth place: New York Residence date: 1880 Residence place: Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States
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