John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob Astor IV (1864 - 1912)

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Born in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Philadelphia., U.S.A.map
Husband of — married (to ) [location unknown]
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Died in RMS Titanic, 41.726931° N and -49.948253° W, Atlantic Oceanmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Feb 2012 | Last significant change: 13 Apr 2018
16:18: Martha Garrett edited the Biography for John Jacob Astor IV. (added webpage-https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/madeleine-talmage-astor.html) [Thank Martha for this]
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Biography

John Jacob Astor IV was born on July 13, 1864, in Rhinebeck, New York to William Backhouse Astor Jr and Caroline Webster Schermerhorn.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

John was a Harvard graduate.[3] He traveled abroad for a few years, then returned to the United States to join in managing the family fortune.[3] He dabbled in writing as well as inventing.[3]

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.[3] He built several other notable New York City hotels, notably the St. Regis, which some have said was his greatest achievement.[3]

John also helped during the Spanish-American War, even going so far as to offer the use of his yacht, Nourmahal.[3]

John married Ava Willing May 1, 1891.[3] They had one son and one daughter together, then were divorced in 1909.[3][8][9] He married Madeline Force in 1911.[3]

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).[3] It was their decision to journey home on the Titanic that would prove John's demise.[3]

When the Titanic hit the ice, John went to investigate and came back to calm his wife.[3] 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.[3]

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.[3] He tried to join her, but could not.[3] 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.[3] His body was recovered April 22, 1912.[3] His body was shipped back to New York and he was buried in Trinity Cemetery, New York.[3][10]

Madeleine named their son John Jacob, in tribute to his father.[citation needed]

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https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/madeleine-talmage-astor.html



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John & Madeleine Astor, 1911-1912

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On 2 Sep 2017 at 10:02 GMT Alexander McCowan wrote:

John Jacob Astor IV and I are 4th cousins thru James Armstrong

On 25 Apr 2014 at 20:12 GMT Matt Pryber wrote:

According to http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/john-jacob-astor.html.

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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