First Four Hundred : New York and the Gilded Age. The Four Hundred were the 400 individuals that could fit into Mrs. Astor's ballroom. She was the arbiter of who was WHO in Gilded Age America. Cover Photo: Mr. & Mrs. Goodhue Livingston
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) as costumed for the infamous ball hosted by his brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt, 26 March 1883. It was this ball and the social maneuvering of Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt that earned the family a perpetual place on Mrs. Astor's List of the most elite New York families. Mr. Vanderbilt is dressed as Louis XVI and Mrs. Vanderbilt as "Electric Lights." Her costume is now among the Metropolitan Museum's…
Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880-1925). Son of Cornelius II & Alice Vanderbilt, father of Gloria Vanderbilt. Reggie was the black sheep of the family - a lazy, spoiled, alcoholic gambler he died at 45 from liver failure. His brothers, William Henry died of typhoid fever whilst at Yale, Cornelius III who was disinherited due to his unapproved choice of a wife, & Alfred Gwynne the main heir but went down with the Lusitania.
Mrs W. E. Corey, the wife of millionaire W. E. Corey. She was known for her fabulous jewelry collection and her magnificent tiaras. Despite all this (and her beauty) she never made it onto Caroline's List. Mainly because of her lineage.
Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (May 26, 1910 – July 11, 2004) was a venture capitalist, financier, philanthropist, a major conservationist and a prominent third-generation member of the Rockefeller family. He was the fourth child of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and brother to John D. III, Nelson, Winthrop, David and Abby Rockefeller Mauze, with grandson John D. Rockefeller.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Born John Davison Rockefeller, Jr. January 29, 1874 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Died May 11, 1960 (aged 86) Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Nationality American Alma mater Brown University Occupation Business, Philanthropist Spouse Abby Greene Aldrich Children Abby Rockefeller Mauzé (1903-76) John D. Rockefeller III (1906-78) Nelson Rockefeller (1908-79) Laurance Rockefeller (1910-2004) Winthrop Rockefeller (1912-73) David Rockefeller (born 1915)
U.S. BANKING. BUSINESS. John Pierpont Morgan, Esq. (1837-1913), 1903 // by Edward J. Steichen. J.P. Morgan was an American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. In early 1890s Morgan arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric.