After the outbreak of the Civil War, he entered the railroad field, and by 1867 he had gained control of the New York Central RR. Although his efforts to gain control of the Erie RR proved unsuccessful, Vanderbilt vastly expanded his railroad empire and by 1873 connected Chicago with New York City by rail. He amassed a great fortune and gave $1 million to found Vanderbilt Univ.
estate in Newport, R.I. Their daughter,
Another son of William H. Vanderbilt was
near Asheville, N.C.
One of the sons of Cornelius Vanderbilt the younger was
See biographies of Commodore Vanderbilt by W. J. Lane (1942) and T. J. Stiles (2009) W. Andrews, The Vanderbilt Legend (1941) E. P. Hoyt, The Vanderbilts and Their Fortunes (1962) C. Vanderbilt, Jr., Man of the World My Life on Five Continents (1959).
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