from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Vanderbilt, Cornelius Known as "Commodore Vanderbilt.” 1794-1877. American transportation promoter and financier who amassed a great fortune through railroad and shipping interests. His heirs included his son William Henry (1821-1885), a financier and philanthropist, and William Henry's sons Cornelius (1843-1899), a railroad director; William Kissam (1849-1920), a railroad executive and philanthropist; Frederick William (1856-1938), a railroad manager; and George Washington (1862-1914), who commissioned Biltmore, the largest private home in America, located in Asheville, North Carolina.
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- n. United States financier who accumulated great wealth from railroad and shipping businesses (1794-1877)
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