There is so much of Vanderbilt's life packed in this book. He courted physical danger, fought high-stakes financial battles, and always set the terms of his existence. As Gibbons spent his time wrestling with the legal system Vanderbilt took over the steamboat duties. But then there is I can well conceive a satisfaction which repays for all four fold and whatever I may argue in favor of a life of celibacy my own feelings do not at all respond to it. In 1829 they drove the Citizen's Line into extinction.
He saw no point in mulling over dangers when a world of competition demanded that he seize the next opportunity. This is an excerpt from a review published in. Ronald Reagan's persona appears for many to have become unmoored from the facts that describe his presidency, he contends. He also goes into great detail about life in the United States and how it influenced him and other early entrepreneurs. A colluding, labor crushing, influence peddling side.
What about his wife and children? Ogden moved to Jersey City in 1829, received an appointment as collector of customs there, and died on April 19, 1839. If this sounds horribly boring, or complex, rest assured that Stiles tells the story in an entertaining, easy-to-follow manner. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. This book has received excellent reviews through the years and I would have to heartily agree. A little over a month later came the deaths of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams—on July 4, 1826, the very moment of the Jubilee. . You may start with open and spirited competition, but as winners emerge and losers fall away, your free market tends to constrict and become a little less than free.
It was a massive organization, one that served to depersonalize, to institutionalize, American business and life. He fell into a series of squabbles with the Stevens family of Hoboken, who owned the Union Line boats on the Delaware River. Before 'The First Tycoon': 'What Hath God Wrought' by Daniel Walker Howe, 'A Country of Vast Designs' by Robert Merry, and 'Team of Rivals' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. And yet, his patriotism was sincere, his veneration authentic. A: She was a real enthusiast, a small woman with a loud voice.
Humbly born on Staten Island during George Washington's presidency, he rose from boatman to builder of the nation's largest fleet of steamships to lord of a railroad empire. When Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt 1794—1877 is mentioned today, the educated public, including members of the history community, surely have immediate negative thoughts. I'm not sure I have ever read a more researched biography. Lincoln consulted him on steamship strategy during the Civil War; Jay Gould was first his uneasy ally and then sworn enemy; and Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States, was his spiritual counselor. Besides his skill with steamships, both the running and building of them, Vanderbilt appears to have been a genius in the stock market.
Then again, I spent most of my college years smoking in the library, checking out coeds on the quad, starting food fights in the cafeteria, and playing tricks on the crusty dean. And as his business grew, he spent more and more time thinking about how he could find trustworthy people, and bind them to himself. Thanks to the mind numbing trivia proceeding the telling, though, I never will. What an amazing life was this one of over 80 years that played such a vital part in the history of the United States. It is truly all encompassing with tons of detail. In New Jersey, the president met with the still-famous Aaron Ogden, and most likely with Colonel Stevens and his sons, but he probably had no idea who Vanderbilt was.
Here and there, his vulnerabilities and sensitivities poke through the cracks of the stony historical record. Both as portrait of an American original and as a book that brings to life an important slice of American history long neglected, this is biography at its very best. With that, Gibbons abandoned the field with all the dispatch of Darius in his chariot, fleeing before Alexander's army. Vanderbilt had incredible admiration for the much older Thomas Gibbons, who died May 16 1826. He shows how the Supreme Court decision Gibbons vs.
Aaron Ogden-hero of the Revolution- former New Jersey Governor. Today we've seen his type doing the perp walk. Scott—but arguably none proved to be so influential at so fundamental a level over a period so formative or so long. While it was fascinating, I had to set it down about every hundred pages to keep from being overwhelmed. His solid Dutch surname was common around New York Bay, but he was the first of his family to settle in the colony of New Netherlands.
I wanted to show what the pre-civil rights South was like. And then, as an old man, he took control of a huge railroad empire and profoundly changed America's economic culture. In his day, Cornelius was revered. New York, then, remained tightly packed, but it was obviously expanding geographically as well. The First Tycoon is the fullest, most perceptive chronicle ever written of the life and times of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the epitome of unfettered, winner-take-all capitalism. I found so much new material that I decided to include a lengthy bibliographical essay.
Stiles writes with the magisterial sweep of a great historian and the keen psychological insight of a great biographer. He remained out of sight for the eventful week between October 26 and November 4, 1825, the grand celebration of the completion of the Erie Canal, that final gift from the aristocrats who had launched the project back when they still ruled the state. He started small and transformed into a man who would - in the immortal words of The Simpsons' C. Vanderbilt's most famous steamboat, the Cornelius Vanderbilt, is seen here behind the rival Bay State. Among issues discussed that are worth considering: while he could play hardball in the business world his Wall Street machinations are well described , he also developed efficiencies in his businesses leading him to be able to deliver good service at a lower cost than his competitors. Started off promising charting Vanderbilt as a transitional figure in a transitional time, but the bulk of the book was pretty dull, deal to deal as the fortune was built.