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Cornelius Vanderbilt

By  Christian P. - Gotha Middle School, Windermere, Florida.

He was born in Port Richmond on Staten Island in New York. His family was very poor. His father worked shipping stuff on boats.

He stopped going to school at age 11. At age 13, he helped his father with the shipping around the New York Harbor. At age 16, he bought a small boat to carry people from Staten Island to New York and back. In the war of 1812, he shipped goods to some of the forts with his ship. In 1829, he opened a steam boat company. One of the lines carried prospectors from New York to California when the gold rush started.

After all that he started focusing on railroads. He bought the Hudson River Railroads in 1865. He died in 1877. When he died he left $105 million which was the most ever left at that time.


Sources:
Encyclopedia Americana
World Book Encyclopedia
The New Book of Knowledge
New Standard Encyclopedia


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