ASTOR, WILLIAM B.
Second son of John Jacob Astor (1763-1848), William was taken into partnership by his father in 1815. Upon the elder Astor's death in 1848, William advanced to the rank of the wealthiest man in the nation. His inheritance totaled some $18,000,000, most of which he invested in New York real estate, eventually becoming known as the "landlord of New York."