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Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

Business Magnate Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

Full Name: Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Sr.
Profession: Business Magnate

United States of America

Biography: A member of the Vanderbilt family, Alfred Vanderbilt inherited enormous wealth on the death of his father Cornelius. Alfred became a director in a number of companies owned by his family including the New York Central Railroad and the Pullman Company.

Alfred died in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German Navy-U boat during World War I.

Born: October 20, 1877
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA
Star Sign: Libra

Died: May 7, 1915 (aged 37)
Cause of Death: Died in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War I. Vanderbilt helped others into lifeboats and gave his lifejacket to a female passenger with an infant, tying it on himself despite not being able to swim. His body was never recovered and is presumed to have drowned.

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Historical Events

  • 1915-05-01 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
  • 1915-05-07 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost
  • 1916-02-16 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania

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