Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt

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Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt
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Vanderbilt at the Plainfield Riding and Driving Club in 1911
Born (1880-01-14)January 14, 1880
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Died September 4, 1925(1925-09-04) (aged 45)
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, U.S.
Cause of death Cirrhosis due to alcoholism
Residence Sandy Point Farm
Education Yale University (did not graduate)
Occupation Equestrian
Spouse(s) Cathleen Neilson
(m. 1903; div. 1920)

Gloria Morgan
(m. 1923; his death 1925)
Children Cathleen Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt
Parent(s) Cornelius Vanderbilt II
Alice Claypoole Gwynne
Family Vanderbilt

Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (January 14, 1880 – September 4, 1925) was an American millionaire equestrian and the father of fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.[1] He was the founder and president of many equestrian organizations.


Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt was born on January 15, 1880, on Staten Island, New York. 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.[1]

He attended Yale University, but did not graduate. His eldest brother, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, married Grace Wilson against his parents wishes and was disinherited. Another elder brother, Alfred, inherited the bulk of the family fortune, though Reginald and several sisters also received some inheritance.

In 1903, Reginald married Cathleen Neilson.[2] 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.[3] Reginald is the maternal grandfather of CNN television news anchor Anderson Hays Cooper and his late brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, through daughter Gloria.

He died from cirrhosis due to alcoholism on September 4, 1925, at his country home, Sandy Point Farm, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Reginald Vanderbilt Dies Suddenly Today". The Meridien Daily Journal. 4 September 1925. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt Elude the Curious by Leaving Their Train at Roxbury Crossing". The New York Times. April 15, 1903. Retrieved 2010-11-06.  (PDF)
  3. ^ "Reginald C. Vanderbilt and Gloria Morgan To Wed Tomorrow". Providence News. 5 March 1923. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vanderbilt Dead After Hemorrhage Last Night". The Evening Independent. 4 September 1925. Retrieved 21 August 2014.