Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt at the Plainfield Riding and Driving Club in 1911

Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880 – September 4, 1925) was an American millionaire equestrian and the father of fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.[1]


Early life[edit]

Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt was born in 1880. He was the youngest son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne. Reginald was a grandson of William Henry Vanderbilt, and great-grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. He attended Yale University, but did not graduate. His elder brother Cornelius Vanderbilt III married Grace Wilson against his parents wishes, and the second son Alfred died when the RMS Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915, so Reginald was left as his parents' logical successor.[2]

Equestrian career[edit]

He was the founder and president of many equestrian organizations.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1903, he married Cathleen Neilson.[4] The couple had a daughter, Cathleen Vanderbilt, and were divorced in 1920.[1]

He remarried on March 6, 1923, to Gloria Morgan with whom he had a second daughter, fashion designer Gloria Laura Vanderbilt.[5]


He died unexpectedly as a result of an internal hemorrhage on September 4, 1925 at his country home, Sandy Point Farm, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.[1] [6]



  1. ^ a b c "Reginald Vanderbilt Dies Suddenly Today". The Meridien Daily Journal. 4 September 1925. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Vanderbilt II, Arthur T. "Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt". Morrow: 1989, 332
  3. ^ "Sport:Reginald Vanderbilt". Time. 14 September 1925. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Arrival in Boston: Mr. and Mr. Vanderbilt Avoid the Curious by Leaving Their Train at Roxbury Crossing". The New York Times. April 15, 1903. Retrieved 2010-11-06.  (PDF)
  5. ^ "Reginald C. Vanderbilt and Gloria Morgan To Wed Tomorrow". Providence News. 5 March 1923. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Vanderbilt Dead After Hemorrhage Last Night". The Evening Independent. 4 September 1925. Retrieved 21 August 2014.