|Name:||George Washington Vanderbilt II|
|Birth Day:||November 14, 1862|
|Death Date:||March 6, 1914(1914-03-06) (aged 51)
|Birth Place:||New Dorp, United States|
|#1||Frederick William Vanderbilt||Brother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#2||William Kissam Vanderbilt||Brother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#3||Cornelius Vanderbilt II||Brother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#4||Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt||Daughter||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#5||William Henry Vanderbilt||Father||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#6||Cornelius Vanderbilt||Grandfather||$185 Billion||N/A||82||Entrepreneur|
|#7||George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil||Grandson||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#8||William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil||Grandson||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#9||Maria Louisa Kissam||Mother||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#10||Cornelius Vanderbilt III||Nephew||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#11||Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt||Nephew||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||45||Miscellaneous|
|#12||Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly||Sister||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#13||Edith Stuyvesant Gerry||Spouse||N/A||N/A||N/A|
As per our current Database, George Washington Vanderbilt II died on March 6, 1914(1914-03-06) (aged 51)
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His father owned elegant mansions in New York City and Newport and an 800-acre (3.2 km) country estate on Long Island. When William died in 1885 of a stroke, he left a fortune of approximately $200 million, the bulk of which was split between his two older sons, Cornelius Vanderbilt II and William K. Vanderbilt. George W. Vanderbilt inherited $2 million from his grandfather and received another million on his 21st birthday from his father. Upon his father's death, he inherited $5 million more, as well as the income from a $5 million trust fund. He ran the family farm at New Dorp and Woodland Beach, now the neighborhood of Midland Beach on Staten Island, New York where he was born, then lived with his mother in Manhattan until his own townhouse at 9 West 53rd Street was completed in 1887. The Vanderbilt family business was operated by his older brothers. This left George to spend his time in intellectual pursuits.
Living in one or another of his family residences well into adulthood, Vanderbilt decided to construct his own country mansion and estate in 1888. For this purpose he acquired 125,000 acres of woodland in North Carolina, employing the architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a limestone house modeled on the Chateau de Blois among other chateaux of the Loire Valley. With up to four acres of floor space this is believed to be the largest domestic dwelling ever constructed in the United States.
In 1891 he joined the New York Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
At Biltmore, Vanderbilt led the life of a country gentleman. Having a great interest in horticulture and agriscience, he oversaw experiments in scientific farming, animal bloodline breeding, and silviculture (forestry). His goal was to run Biltmore as a self-sustaining estate. In 1892, Frederick Law Olmsted suggested that Vanderbilt hire Gifford Pinchot to manage the forests on the estate. According to Pinchot, who went on to be the first Chief of the United States Forest Service, Biltmore was the first professionally managed forest in the U.S; it was also the site of the Biltmore School of Forestry, the first such school in North America, established in 1898 by Dr. Carl A. Schenck.
On June 1, 1898, Vanderbilt married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser (January 17, 1873 – December 21, 1958) at the American Cathedral in Paris, France. Edith, a direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, was the daughter of Maj. George Warren Dresser. She was also the grand-niece of Hamilton Fish. George and Edith had one daughter together, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (August 22, 1900 - February 7, 1976).
In 1912, George and Edith booked passage on the Titanic, but changed their plans at the last minute, instead sailing on her sister ship, the Olympic. The Olympic left port before Titanic and the Vanderbilts arrived in New York before the sinking. Edith, in a letter to her friend, Emily Ford Skeel (sister of Paul Leicester Ford), explained: "For no reason whatsoever we decided to sail on the Olympic and had only 18 hours to get ready in. We were homesick, and simply felt we must get home, and changed our ship, as I say, at the Eleventh hour!" However, a servant to the Vanderbilts, Frederick Wheeler, perished aboard Titanic in second class as, due to the close timing of their switch, the Vanderbilts were forced to leave most of their luggage aboard Titanic and Wheeler retained his ticket to travel with it.
He died due to complications following an appendectomy in Washington, D.C. on March 6, 1914. He was interred in the Vanderbilt family mausoleum at the Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp in Staten Island, New York.
The Vanderbilts' only child, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, married British aristocrat, the Hon. John Francis Amherst Cecil (a descendant of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley) in 1924. Their sons, George and William, eventually inherited the property. George Cecil, the older of the two sons, chose to inherit the majority of the estate's land and the Biltmore Farms Company, which was more profitable than the house at the time. The younger son, William Cecil was thus left with Biltmore House, and is credited with preserving the chateau which (though still privately owned) is open to the public.
Currently, George Washington Vanderbilt II is 158 years, 11 months and 8 days old. George Washington Vanderbilt II will celebrate 159th birthday on a Sunday 14th of November 2021.
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