Definition of Cornelius Vanderbilt from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Cornelius Vanderbilt

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(1794-1877) a US businessman who became very rich from his shipping and railway companies, and gave a lot of his money to support good causes. He established Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1873. His sons, especially the oldest, William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-85), increased the family's wealth and continued its financial gifts.