A Classification of American Wealth
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   William Kissam Vanderbilt and Alvah Erskine Smith Vanderbilt  

William Kissam Vanderbilt was also a good match for any socially ambitious young lady, and when she met him in 1874, Alvah Smith at once knew that William Kissam Vanderbilt was her fate.
Alvah Erskine Smith (1853-1933) was raised in Mobile, Alabama, a daughter of wealthy cotton merchant Murray Forbes Smith and Phoebe Desha, whose father general Robert Desha was a US representative from Tennessee and whose uncle Joseph Desha was governor of Kentucky. The Deshas were a prominent family from


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