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Capt George Washington Vanderbilt
Cornelius Jeremiah Vanderbilt, known as as "Corneel," was the second son of Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderilt, the shipping and railroad tycoon, and his wife, Sophia Johnson. From the age of eighteen, he suffered from epilepsy, which his father interpreted as a sign of weakness. Corneel abandoned the ship when he arrived, ran out of money, and and tried to charge his expenses to his father. This was a sign of insanity to his father, who had Corneel arrested on his return in November and committed to the Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum in New York until February for "dementia. He maintained a costly gambling habit, and used his family name and charm to borrow money from friends and prominent people, very often failing to pay them back. He particularly relied on loans from Horace Greeley, a long-term friend and editor of the New York Tribune. Corneel's use of his family name to run up debts angered his father, who warned business acquaintances, "There is a crazy fellow running all over the land calling himself my son.
Photo added by Bobby Kelley. George graduated from West Point in and during the Civil War contracted a lung disease. He died while on the French Riviera where he went to regain his health. Said to be Vanderbilt's favorite son. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request. Drag images here or select from your computer for Capt George Washington Vanderbilt memorial.
We areall related! In his turn he succeeded them as head of the New York Central and related railroad lines in He had a reputation as something of a workaholic, though a stroke in compelled him to reduce his active business involvement. He married Alice Claypoole Gwynne. His remaining son was Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt. The fabulous Fifth Avenue mansions he, his brothers, and his sons lived in have been demolished, but the Newport, Rhode Island vacation home he built, The Breakers, still stands as a memory of the lifestyle of Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
Cornelius Vanderbilt May 27, — January 4, was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. His biographer T. Stiles says, "He vastly improved and expanded the nation's transportation infrastructure, contributing to a transformation of the very geography of the United States. He embraced new technologies and new forms of business organization, and used them to compete He helped to create the corporate economy that would define the United States into the 21st century. As one of the richest Americans in history and wealthiest figures overall , Vanderbilt was the patriarch of the wealthy and influential Vanderbilt family.