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Cornelius Vanderbilt


Children of Cornelius Vanderbilt & Sophia Johnson:

  1. Phebe Jane (Vanderbilt) Cross (1814-1878)
  2. Ethelinda (Vanderbilt) Allen (1817-1889)
  3. Eliza (Vanderbilt) Osgood (1819-1890)
  4. William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885)
  5. Emily Almira (Vanderbilt) Thorn (1823-1896)
  6. Sophia Johnson (Vanderbilt) Torrance (1825-1912)
  7. Maria Louisa (Vanderbilt) Clark Niven (1827-1896)
  8. Frances Lavinia Vanderbilt (1828-1868)
  9. Cornelius Jeremiah Vanderbilt (1830-1882)
  10. Mary Alicia (Vanderbilt) LaBau Berger (1834-1902)
  11. Catherine Juliette (Vanderbilt) Barker LaFitte (1836-1881)
  12. George Washington Vanderbilt (1839-1864)


  • Some say that potato chips were invented after Native American chef George Crum grew tired of Vanderbilt's complaining about how his potatoes were too thick, too soggy, and not salty enough. Crum then decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible and fried them, creating the first potato chips.
  • In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand roughly based her character, Nat Taggart, on Cornelius Vanderbilt.

See also

Railroads controlled by Vanderbilt
  • New York and Harlem Railroad (1863-)
  • Hudson River Railroad (1864-)
  • New York Central Railroad (1867-)
  • Canada Southern Railway (1873-)
  • Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (1873?-)
  • Michigan Central Railroad (1877-)1
  • New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate Road) (1882-)
  • West Shore Railroad (1885-)
  • Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad
  • Mohawk and Malone Railroad
  • Fall Brook Railway
  • Beech Creek Railroad
  • Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley and Pittsburgh Railroad
  • Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
  • Lake Erie and Western Railroad
  • Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad


  1. ↑ Dale Berry, Railroad History Story: Jackson's Evolution as a Rail Center, Michigan Railroads.com, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2008.


  • Folsom, Burton W, Jr. The Myth of the Robber Barons. Herndon, VA: Young America's Foundation, 1991. ISBN 0963020315
  • Sobel, Robert. The Big Board: A History of the New York Stock Market. Washington, DC: Beard Books (reprint), 2000. ISBN 1893122662