By Edward J. Renehan Jr.
Utilizing formerly unreleased records, Edward J. Renehan Jr. narrates the compelling lifetime of Cornelius Vanderbilt: willful progenitor of recent American company. Vanderbilt made his preliminary fortune development ferry and load routes for crusing vessels. Then he moved into steamboats and railroads. With the recent York relevant, Vanderbilt tested the nation’s first significant built-in rail method, linking ny with Boston, Montreal, Chicago, and St. Louis. whilst, he performed a key function in developing big apple because the monetary heart of the us. while he died in 1877, Vanderbilt left a fortune that, in today’s funds, could dwarf that of even invoice Gates. Off Wall highway, Vanderbilt was once a hard-drinking egotist and whoremonger without manners or charity. He disinherited so much of his a variety of young ones and obtained a piece of writing rebuke from Mark Twain for his loss of public giving. Commodore sheds startling new gentle on many facets of Vanderbilt’s company and personal lifestyles together with, such a lot particularly, the revelation that complex level syphilis marred his final years. this is often the definitive biography of a guy whose impact on American existence and trade towers over all who him.</Div>
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Extra resources for Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
But even after the Richard hove to, another cannon-ball whizzed close, then one more (possibly a miss-aimed shot across the bow of another vessel moving nearby), which decapitated the Richard’s helmsman, John Pierce. A few days later, Pierce’s headless body went on display in New York before burial at public expense. Furious, Mayor DeWitt Clinton, joined by other leading Manhattan citizens, demanded loudly that something be done to build-up the defenses of New York Harbor. At the time, these defenses were woefully inadequate.
5 Whatever he lacked in manners, Vanderbilt made up for in his tenacity as a businessman and his diligence in leveraging every opportunity for profit. In this spirit, unlike most of his less hungry competitors, he would dare the foulest of weather, going out on the most tempestuous waters, winter or summer, for a price. Vanderbilt also gained a reputation for ruthlessly undercutting his competition: breaking ranks with his peers, doing whatever it took to discount his services low enough to assure that his daily schedule and the hull of his little boat remained packed.
Also like him, she was healthy and handsome when they began casting glances at each other during the summer of 1813: the year he turned nineteen and she eighteen. He’d known her since they were children, though 37 38 COMMODORE now she possessed a sultry beauty containing within it a distinct resemblance to Cornelius’s mother, Phebe. Despite her beauty and intelligence, the girl seems to have been quiet and deferential: attributes that must have appealed to Cornelius. ) In future, she would nearly always defer to Cornelius, even though she was better educated than he.
Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by Edward J. Renehan Jr.