Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN | The private research university is so named to recognize Consuelo Vanderbilt's Great Grandfather Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. The family's patriarch, who made his wealth in shipping and rail, provided Vanderbilt its initial one million dollar endowment despite having never been to the South.
The Last Will and Testament of the Late William H. Vanderbilt with Portrait, published (1886) by Taggart & Miller, 1580 Broadway, New York. He was Consuelo Vanderbilt's grandfather. His will established sons Cornelius II and William K. as patriarchs of the family.
Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880-1925) Son of Cornelius II and Alice Vanderbilt, father of Gloria Vanderbilt, and grandfather of CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper. Reggie was the black sheep of the family - a lazy, spoiled, alcoholic gambler he died at the age of 45 from liver failure. His brothers were William Henry Vanderbilt who died of typhoid fever while at Yale.