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Cover of Beef BonanzaWilliam K. Vanderbilt

(1849-1920)

Grandson of Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, the shipping and railroad tycoon whose acquisitions created the family fortune, William Kissam Vanderbilt inherited his position as a railroad executive but forged his own reputation as a leading yachtsman and a breeder of champion racehorses, traditions that would long remain a part of the Vanderbilt legacy. He entered the history of the American West only briefly, as one of many wealthy easterners who invested in the "Beef Bonanza" on the northern Plains that went bust in the late 1880s. The experience did little damage to his family's fortunes.


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