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   William Henry Vanderbilt founding the Vanderbilt dynasty  

William Henry Vanderbilt married Maria Louisa Kissam (1821-1896), the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, and their marriage was particularly happy and harmonious, producing eight children, four sons and four daughters. In December 1885, while discussing railroad matters with Robert Garrett of the Baltimore & Ohio, William Henry Vanderbilt had a stroke and died within minutes in his Fifth Avenue mansion. At the time of his death he had grown his fortune to

 

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