John became active in real estate development, building the Astoria section of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1897, the Waldorf having been built by his cousin William Waldorf Astor. He built several other notable New York City hotels, notably the St. Regis, which some have said was his greatest achievement.
John also helped during the Spanish-American War, even going so far as to offer the use of his yacht, Nourmahal.
The couple decided to travel the world a bit while the gossip died down concerning their married (she was a year younger than John's son from his first marriage, Vincent). It was their decision to journey home on the Titanic that would prove John's demise.
When the Titanic hit the ice, John went to investigate and came back to calm his wife. While lounging and waiting for action, John had cut into his life belt to show Madeline what it was made of-a decision that also affected his survival.
John Jacob Astor drowned in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 after making sure his pregnant wife got in one of the lifeboats. He tried to join her, but could not. He said goodbye to her and stood on the deck of the ship as it began to sink. Astor drowned in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. His body was recovered April 22, 1912. His body was shipped back to New York and he was buried in Trinity Cemetery, New York.
Madeleine named their son John Jacob, in tribute to his father.
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On 2 Sep 2017 at 10:02 GMT Alexander McCowan wrote:
On 25 Apr 2014 at 20:12 GMT Matt Pryber wrote:
John Was born in Rhinebeck, New York on July 13th, 1864. His father was William Astor http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Astor-13
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