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William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)

William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt
Born in New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 1841 (to 1885) [location unknown]
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Died in New York City, New York County, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Oct 2009
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Billy was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1821. He inherited nearly $100 million from his father, railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1877. The fortune was increased to almost $194 million when he died in 1885.

His father Cornelius frequently berated and criticized him, calling his oldest son a "blockhead" and a "blatherskite". Billy longed to show his father that he was not, in fact, a blatherskite (a person who talks nonsense), but never dared stand up to his father. A major turning point in their relationship occurred on the family trip to Europe on the steamship Vanderbilt in 1860, after which, the two became very close and Billy was given a greater role in business matters.

In 1841, Billy married Maria Louisa Kissam (1821–1896), daughter of Reverend Samuel Kissam and Margaret Hamilton Adams. They had eight children.



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Vanderbilt-5 and Vanderbilt-67 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate
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Vanderbilt-120 and Vanderbilt-5 appear to represent the same person because: These are both the same Profile, can you please merge. Thank You ~ Eric
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