VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K.
WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT (1849 - 1920). was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family.

The second son of William Henry Vanderbilt, from whom he inherited $60 million, he was for a time active in the management of the family railroads, though not much after 1903. His sons William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944) and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884-1970) were the last to be active in the railroads, the latter losing a proxy battle for the New York Central Railroad in the 1950s.

William K. Vanderbilt's first wife was Alva Erskine Smith (1853-1933), who he married in 1875. Born in 1853 to a slave-owning Alabama family, she was the mother of his children and was instrumental in forcing their daughter Consuelo (1877-1964) to marry the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1895. Not long after this the Vanderbilts divorced, William K. later marrying Anne Harriman Rutherford Sands and Alva marrying Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont.

After the death of his brother Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1899 he was generally regarded as head of the Vanderbilt family.

Like other members of his wealthy family, he built magnificent Vanderbilt houses. His homes included Idle Hour (1900) on Long Island, New York and Marble House (1892), designed by Richard Morris Hunt--who also designed his 660 Fifth Avenue mansion in Manhattan (1883)--in Newport.

William Kissam Vanderbilt was one of the founders of the The Jockey Club. After his divorce from Alva, he moved to France where he built a château and established the Haras du Quesnay racing stable and horse breeding farm near Deauville in France's famous horse region of Lower Normandy.

William Kissam Vanderbilt died in Paris, France in 1920. His remains were brought home and interred in the Vanderbilt family vault in the Moravian Cemetery at New Dorp on Staten Island, New York.

In World War II the United States liberty ship SS William K. Vanderbilt was named in his honor. (Wikipedia)

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Michigan Central Railroad Bond Issued To And Signed By William K. Vanderbilt

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K.
1885, Michigan. Bond for $5000 bearing 5% interest. Issued to and signed on verso by William K. Vanderbilt. Brown/Black. Vignette at top center of train at station flanked by two female figures on farm. WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT. (1849 - 1920). Second son of William H. Vandebilt. William began his career in railroading at the age of nineteen in his grandfather's office ("Commodore" Vanderbilt), and was heavily involved in the family railroad empire. Punch and stamp cancelled. Punch cancellation lightly affects signature. Very fine.
Catalog: # SB-2548
State: Michigan
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $175.00

New York Central Sleeping Car Company Stock Issued to and Signed on Accompanying Proxy Document By William K. Vanderbilt

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K.
1876, New York. Stock certificate for 20 shares of the New York Central Sleeping Car Company. Black. Vignette of a steam locomotive at center. Litho. Issued to and signed on accompanying stock proxy by William K. Vanderbilt. WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT (1849-1920). Railroad executive; Second son of William H. Vanderbilt. William began his career in railroading at the age of nineteen in his grandfather's office ("Commodore" Vanderbilt), and was heavily involved in the family railroad empire for the remainder of his life. Stamp and punch cancellations not affecting signature. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # SB-5604
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $250.00

Pine Creek Railway Company Bond Signed By William K Vanderbilt As Trustee

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K.
1885, New York. $1000 bond bearing 6% interest of the Pine Creek Railway Company. Brown/Black. Vignette of farmer at top left and female allegorical figure at top right. Signed by WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT. (1849 - 1920). Second son of William H. Vandebilt. William began his career in railroading at the age of nineteen in his grandfather's office ("Commodore" Vanderbilt), and was heavily involved in the family railroad empire. Also signed by Chauncey Depew as Trusteee. Punch cancelled and very fine.
Catalog: # SB-2404
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $95.00