Updated: 10/4/2018
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  • My name is Cornelius Vanderbilt, I was born on May 27, 1794 in Staten Island, New York
  • In 1813, Cornelius Vanderbilt married his cousin Sophia Johnson; he had 13 kids but only 11 made it to their adult life. Cornelius was horrible to his wife and daughters, but respected his three sons. It is said that he cheated multiple times on his wife with prostitutes.
  • Where's my husband?
  • Let's partner up and make a steamship business
  • After Thomas Gibbins, Vanderbilt's business partner, died Vanderbilt bought the company to own by himself and became rich, having more than $30 million.
  • At age 70, Vanderbilt turned his attention more closely to railroads, acquiring the New York & Harlem and Hudson Line (which ran along the Erie Canal), and then going after the New York Central Railroad.
  • In 1876, Cornelius Vanderbilt became ill. He was a horrible patient, raging at his doctors, calling them “old grannies” and at one point leaving his death bed to lecture reporters who were outside. He died on January 4, 1877, of exhaustion, brought on by complications associated with intestinal, stomach and heart disorders, which may have also been connected to syphilis.
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