William Henry Vanderbilt

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William Henry Vanderbilt I (May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885) was an American businessman and a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family.

William Vanderbilt was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1821. He inherited nearly $100 million from his father, railroad mogul and family patriarch "The Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt upon his death in 1877 and had increased it to almost... more »

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  • ''When I want to buy up any politician I always find the anti-monopolists the most purchasable—they don't come so high.''
    William Vanderbilt (1821-1885), U.S. industrialist. Chicago Daily News (Oct. 9, 1882).
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