F. W. Vanderbilt, ca. 1913, painted by Raymond Neilson
, St. Anthony Hall collection.
Frederick William Vanderbilt (February 2, 1856 – June 29, 1938) was a member of the Vanderbilt family. He was a director of the New York Central Railroad for 61 years, and also a director of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and of the Chicago and North Western Railroad.
A son of William Henry Vanderbilt, Frederick Vanderbilt graduated in 1876 from Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School, to which he donated $500,000 in 1902.
In 1878, he married his first cousin Louise Holmes Anthony Torrance, daughter of Daniel and Sophia (Vanderbilt) Torrance. She was a maternal grand-daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt and a paternal grand-daughter of John Torrance, of Saint-Antoine Hall, Montreal. Though they were unable to have children, they enjoyed a close relationship with their nieces and nephews. Frederick Vanderbilt died on June 29, 1938.
Vanderbilt maintained residences in New York City (he lived for a while at 450 Fifth Avenue), Newport ("Rough Point"), Bar Harbor ("Sonogee"), Upper St. Regis Lake in the Adirondacks ("Pine Tree Point"), and a country palace in Hyde Park, New York ("Hyde Park") now preserved by the National Park Service as Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. He built the nearby Howard Mansion and Carriage House for his nephew Thomas H. Howard in 1896.
Vanderbilt was the owner of 10 East 40th Street in Manhattan, a prominent example of art deco architecture, until his death; he also owned the steam yachts Vedette, Conqueror and Warrior. He commissioned a number of campus buildings at Yale University by architect Charles C. Haight that survive to this day, from campus dormitories comprising the present-day Silliman College, to Vanderbilt Hall, Phelps Hall, the Mason, Sloane and Osborn laboratories, and his secret society, St. Anthony Hall.
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