A Classification of American Wealth
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   William Henry Vanderbilt  

With his inheritance, William Henry Vanderbilt suddenly was in control of America's greatest fortune and at the head of one of its largest corporations. A short family feud started when Cornelius Jeremiah and two sisters,  Ethelinda Allen and Mary Alicia LaBau, contested the Commodore's will. But after a year of legal proceedings, William Henry settled with the parties and the case was dropped. His conciliating nature not only got William Henry Vanderbilt out of this delicate family crisis, it also helped him in the management of the New York Central railroad


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