He then turned to transatlantic steamship lines, running in opposition to the heavily subsidized Collins Lineheaded by Edward K. Heard added three schools Blair, the Owen Graduate School of Management and Peabody College to the seven already existing and constructed three dozen buildings.
Vanderbilt learned to operate the technologically advanced vessel. He was later reburied in a tomb in the same cemetery constructed by his son Billy. His children preferred to live lifestyles only the amazingly wealthy could afford.
Cornelius Vanderbilt is that favorite American archetype: the self-made man. He began his business by ferrying freight and passengers on a ferry between Staten Island and Manhattan.
Surprisingly, I came to the end of this doorstop-sized volume thinking Vanderbilt was an okay guy. Cornelius Vanderbilt put more and more energy into his own business on the side, especially after the death of Gibbons.