VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878-1944) was a motor racing enthusiast and yachtsman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family.
Born in New York City, the second child and first son of William Kissam Vanderbilt and Alva Erskine Smith, he was known by the nickname "Willie K" and until his father died was labeled as Vanderbilt Jr. instead of the more formal Vanderbilt II. He was a brother to Harold Stirling Vanderbilt and Consuelo Vanderbilt. Born to a life of luxury, he was raised in Vanderbilt mansions, traveled to Europe frequently, and sailed the globe on yachts owned by his father.

Although he developed an interest in horse racing and yachting, he was totally fascinated with automobiles. In 1899, Vanderbilt married Virginia Graham Fair (1875-1935), a wealthy heiress whose father, James Graham Fair had made a fortune in mining the famous Comstock Lode. They spent their honeymoon at the Idle Hour estate but disaster struck when fire broke out and the mansion burned to the ground.

A skilled sailor, he participated in yacht racing, winning the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup in 1900 with his new 70-foot yacht he had named Virginia in honor of his new bride. In 1904, Willie K Vanderbilt set a new Land Speed Record of 92.30mph in a Mercedes at the Daytona Beach Road Course at Ormond Beach, Florida. That same year, he launched the Vanderbilt Cup, the first major trophy in American auto racing. An international event, designed to spur American manufacturers into racing, the race's large cash prize drew the top drivers and their vehicles from across the Atlantic Ocean who had competed in Europe 's Gordon Bennett Cup. Held at a course set out in Nassau County on Long Island, New York, the race drew large crowds hoping to see an American car defeat the mighty European vehicles. However, a French Panhard vehicle won the race and fans would have to wait until 1908 when 23-year-old George Robertson of Garden City, New York became the first American to win the Vanderbilt Cup.

Willie K Vanderbilt's father put him to work at the family's New York Central Railroad offices at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. As such, in 1905 he joined other Vanderbilts on Fifth Avenue, building a townhouse at number 666. The Vanderbilt Cup auto races repeatedly had crowd control problems and at the 1906 race a spectator was killed. Seeing the potential to solve the safety issue as well as improve attendance to his race, Willie K Vanderbilt formed a corporation to build the Long Island Motor Parkway, one of the country's first modern paved parkways that could not only be used for the race but would open up Long Island for easy access and economic development.

He acquired a vast array of artifacts for his collection during his well-documented travels and after service with the United States Navy during World War I, he published a book titled "A Trip Through Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria, and Southern France." A few years later, he engaged a curator from the American Museum of Natural History to participate with him in a scientific voyage to the Galapagos Islands.

Already extremely wealthy from a Trust fund and from his income as president of the New York Central Railroad Company, on his father's passing in 1920, Willie K Vanderbilt inherited a multi-million dollar fortune. In 1925 he traded a luxury yacht for ownership of Fisher Island, Florida, a place he used as a winter residence. He built a mansion complete with docking facilities for his yacht, a seaplane hangar, tennis courts, swimming pool, and an eleven-hole golf course. In addition to this property, and his Long Island estate, Vanderbilt also owned a farm in Tennessee and Kedgwick Lodge, a hunting lodge designed for his father by architect Stanford White, on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada.

In 1933, Vanderbilt'S 26-year-old son, William Kissam III, was killed in an automobile accident.
Willie Kissam Vanderbilt II died in early 1944 of a heart ailment and was interred in the family mausoleum at the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island, New York. (Excerpted from Wipekia)

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Indiana Harbor Belt Bond-Signed By William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. As Vice President

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1918, New York. Bond for $5000 bearing 4% interest. Orange/Black. Vignette at top center of train traveling through the country. Signed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. as vice president. (1878 - 1944) Railroad executive. Punch cancellation that affects signature slightly. Very fine.
Catalog: # SB-2547
State: Indiana
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $125.00

New York "Loan For Canal Improvement" Bond Issued To William K. Vanderbilt Jr. - $1000

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1926, New York. $1,000 “Loan for Canal Improvement” bond bearing 4% interest. Brown/Black. Engraved vignette of the state seal. Issued to WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT JR.(1878-1944); Railroad executive, Punch and stamp cancellations. Very Fine.
Catalog: # SB-3315
Cancellation: Punch cancelled
Condition: Very Fine
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

New York State Bond Railroad Grade Crossings Issued To William K. Vanderbilt Jr.

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1927, New York. $10,000 State Bond Railroad Grade Crossings bearing 4% interest. Blue/Black. Engraved vignette of the state seal at top center. Issued to WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT JR. (1878 - 1944); Railroad executive. Punch cancellations. Very Fine.
Catalog: # SB-3344
Cancellation: Punch cancelled
Condition: Very Fine
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

State Of New York "Loan For Canal Improvement" $10,000 Bond - Issued To William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1927, New York. $10,000 “Loan for Canal Improvement” bond bearing 4% interest. Green/Black. Engraved vignette of the state seal. Issued to WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT JR.(1878-1944); Railroad executive, Punch and stamp cancellations. Very Fine.
Catalog: # SB-3321
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

State Of New York "Loan For Canal Improvement" - Issued To William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1926, New York. $1,000 “Loan for Canal Improvement” bond bearing 4 1/2% interest. Green/Black. Engraved vignette of the state seal. Issued to: WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT Jr. (1878-1944); Railroad executive, Punch and stamp cancellations. Very Fine.
Catalog: # SB-3320
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

State Of New York "Loan For Canal Improvement" For $50,000 - Issued To William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1927, New York. $50,000 “Loan for Canal Improvement” bond bearing 4% interest. Green/Black. Engraved vignette of the state seal. Issued to: WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT Jr. (1878-1944); Railroad executive, Punch and stamp cancellations. Very Fine.
Catalog: # SB-3323
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

State Of New York "Loan For Canal Improvement" Issued To William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. - $50,000

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1927, New York. $50,000 engraved Bond for “Canal Improvements” bearing 4˝ % interest. Brown/Black. Vignette of NY State Seal, Liberty & Justice at top. Issued to WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT JR. (1878-1944); Railroad executive. Punch and stamp vcancelled and very fine.
Catalog: # SB-3316
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

State Of New York $50,000 Loan For Highway Improvement-issued To William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1926, New York. "Loan for Highway Improvement" bond for $50,000 bearing 4% interest. Olive/Black. Vignette at upper left of The Great Seal of the State of New York. Issued to but not signed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. (1878-1944), Railroad executive. Perferation and punch cancelled. Very fine.
Catalog: # SB-3358
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $49.00

State Of New York (Elimination Of Railroad Grade Crossings)

 VANDERBILT, WILLIAM K. Jr.
1927, New York. $50,000 bond bearing 4% interest. Blue/Black with blue overprint. Vignette of state seal at top center. Issued to but not signed by WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT. Stamp and perferation cancelled. Very fine.
Catalog: # SB-2223
State: New York
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $45.00

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