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Cornelius Vanderbilt
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BornMay 27, 1794
DiedJanuary 4, 1877(1877-01-04) (aged 82)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationRailroad/Water transport businessman, philanthropist
  • Phebe Jane Vanderbilt
  • Ethelinda Vanderbilt
  • Eliza Vanderbilt
  • William Henry Vanderbilt
  • Emily Almira Vanderbilt
  • Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt
  • Maria Louisa Vanderbilt
  • Frances Lavinia Vanderbilt
  • Cornelius Jeremiah Vanderbilt
  • George W. Vanderbilt
  • Mary Alicia Vanderbilt
  • Catherine Juliette Vanderbilt
  • George Washington Vanderbilt
  • Cornelius van Derbilt
  • Phebe Hand
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Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877)[1] was an American businessman and philanthropist. He built his wealth in railroads and shipping.[2][3]

He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family. He was one of the richest Americans in history. He provided the initial gift to found Vanderbilt University, which is named in his honor.

Vanderbilt died on January 4, 1877 in New York City, New York from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), aged 82.[2]

Vanderbilt was worth more then $100 million at the time of his death (equivalent to approximately $2,094,093,750 in 2021 dollars).[4]


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