Cornelius Vanderbilt Research Paper

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Cornelius Vanderbilt, also famously known as ‘Commodore Vanderbilt’ was one of the richest men in America. He was born on May 27, 1794 on Staten Island, New York. He was brought up in a poor family including a tragic death in his family. At age eleven he dropped out of school and started working on boats which, brought about an interest in the shipping industry. Then at age sixteen he bought his very first ferry with a one hundred dollar loan. He got married and also had thirteen children with her. He then started moving people and goods across the Hudson Bay. From there on he created the largest shipping company empire and after the Civil War he was the richest man in the world. There was a tragedy when his eldest son died in the Civil War
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