Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by Edward J. Renehan Jr.Using previously unreleased archives, Edward J. Renehan Jr. narrates the compelling life of Cornelius Vanderbilt: willful progenitor of modern American business. Vanderbilt made his initial fortune building ferry and cargo routes for sailing vessels. Then he moved into steamboats and railroads. With the New York Central, Vanderbilt established the nations first major integrated rail system, linking New York with Boston, Montreal, Chicago, and St. Louis. At the same time, he played a key role in establishing New York as the financial center of the United States. When he died in 1877, Vanderbilt left a fortune that, in todays dollars, would dwarf that of even Bill Gates. Off Wall Street, Vanderbilt was a hard-drinking egotist and whoremonger devoid of manners or charity. He disinherited most of his numerous children and received an editorial rebuke from Mark Twain for his lack of public giving. Commodore sheds startling new light on many aspects of Vanderbilts business and private life including, most notably, the revelation that advanced stage syphilis marred his last years. This is the definitive biography of a man whose influence on American life and commerce towers over all who followed him.
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Using previously unreleased archives, Edward J. Renehan Jr. Vanderbilt made his initial fortune building ferry and cargo routes for sailing vessels.
Edward Renehan , Jr. In his book he recounts the life of… read more. In his book he recounts the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt , who built his fortune on the development of transportation systems and became synomous with American business. He was also a principal in the historic Supreme Court case Gibbons v. Ogden which established the supremacy of the Commerce Clause of the U. Rehehan answered questions from members of the audience. Joseph Boardman talked about high-speed rails, congressional funding for Amtrak, and revenue the company generates from….