William Waldorf Astor was a wealthy American attorney, politician, businessman, and newspaper publisher. He moved with his family to England in 1891, became an English subject in 1899, and was made a peer in 1916 for his contributions to war charities. He was a prominent member of the Astor family.
He practiced law but thought he had found his true calling in politics and in 1877, he set his eyes on the United States Congress, entering the New York City political arena as a Republican.
He was elected as a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 11th D.) in 1878; and of the New York State Senate (10th D.) in 1880 and 1881.
In 1881, he was defeated by Roswell P. Flower as a candidate for the United States Congress. A second attempt at the seat also resulted in defeat. He could not compete with his Democratic opponent, Flower, and his shy nature could not handle the political attacks on his character. This was the end of his political career. The press used his political failures as fodder for more harsh criticisms. The press had already publicized his vast inheritance.
The coverage of his political defeats weakened his desire to remain in the United States. In 1882, President Chester Alan Arthur appointed Astor Minister to Italy, a post he held until 1885. While he lived in Rome, he developed a passion for art and sculpture.
His father died in February 1890, and his inheritance made him the richest man in America. That year, he began construction of the luxurious Waldorf Hotel, which was built on the site of his former residence. His cousin and rival Colonel John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV built the adjoining Astoria Hotel in 1897, and the complex became the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
1891 England and Wales Census, St. Geroge Hanover Square, London
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