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    ANALYZING THE LIFE OF CORNELIUS VANDERBILT Yaran Zhang Student #: 220 RedID: 816353168 Introduction To understand the evolution of business in America, one must first analyze the great men and women that heavily contributed to the sector. The book “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt” by T. J Styles looks at Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the greatest historical figures in business, analyzing his success, struggle, contributions, and overall life. Almost all trade moguls and tycoons have admitted that Vanderbilt was one of the few men that made tremendous impacts to the American economy by heavily influencing the transportation sector. Vanderbilt story embodies the American dream where an individual rises from nothing to greatness. The author, who faced various odds in documenting the life of a man who kept little records of his life, delivers a good account of the protagonist. He…

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    Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John D. Rockefeller are men of insight, innovation, and ingenuity. These are the men that started an age of advancement in steel, oil, and railroads within a time period of a few decades. Vanderbilt, a self-made man and cut-throat business man, owned the largest shipping empire in the world. He started with a single ferry which soon became a fleet of ships transporting goods and passengers throughout the country. He soon became known as the commodore.…

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    Cornelius Vanderbilt, also known as Commodore, was labeled as a “Cutthroat business man” from an early age, according to “The Men Who Built America”. Vanderbilt saw the potential for the railroad industry and started his own railroad company. While building his company, his son that was supposed to take over the family business passes away. Vanderbilt decides to start training his other, less accomplished, son. Upon training his son, Vanderbilt realizes that his competitors perceive his as week.…

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    look at Cornelius Vanderbilt from a morale standpoint he might be the most despicable character in Americans history. Anyone that has studied American history knows that that is an extremely deprecating statement. Yet, if you look at him from a business perspective he might be one of the most successful persons in American history ending this career with 105 million dollars and his son William practically doubling that wealth to end up with upwards of 200 million dollars which is the equivalent…

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    By 1899 The Carnegie Steel Company dominated the American Steel Industry, with the steel came the expansion of the railroad: at the forefront was Cornelius Vanderbilt whose main goal eventually became to monopolize the railroad system. Soon after came the rise of John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose fortune was beginning to grow with the creation of an oil refinery. It was the agreement that Rockefeller would fill Vanderbilt's trains with oil that required him to monopolize the petroleum industry, but…

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    Cornelius Vanderbilt was an industrialist and a commercial leader. He was known as one of the wealthiest Americans in the 19th century. In his early business career, Vanderbilt was probably the greatest shipping tycoon known in the United States. Many people feared him because of his competitive abilities when it came down to business. Although, he didn’t just sit around and waited for the cash to come. In his early life, he belonged to a poor family, and his father made a living by providing…

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    had on rebuilding America after the Civil War just ended. The video goes into the back story of Cornelius Vanderbilt when he was sixteen and bought a ferry for a loan of $100. Years after buying his first ferry, he has the largest shipping empire in the world. Because of his wealthy empire in shipping, he was so well known and earned the nickname “the Commodore”. Vanderbilt then took and sold everything he had in shipping and invested it into railroads. That good investment paid off because he…

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    Although it is argumentative that some entrepreneurs of the mid-nineteenth century deserved to be crown Captains of Industry or labeled as Robber Barons, John D. Rockefeller should have been honorably regarded as a Captain of Industry due to his account on strengthening the U.S’s economy by investing in blooming American industry and becoming one of the most respected philanthropist. At the same time, his fellow businessman, Cornelius Vanderbilt was suitable of the title Robber Barons for his…

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    Cornelius Vanderbilt was an important contributor to his field because the majority of today’s businessmen follow his example and act in ways that he invented through his actions. In addition, Vanderbilt invested his fortune in railroads (Carey 351). Without railroads, today’s society would not only be vastly different, but it could also possibly be nonexistent. This is due to Vanderbilt’s railroads creating a societal dependency on themselves. The Commodore had always been skilled at seeing…

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    Wealthiest Men of the Gilded Age The American dream is the idea of prospering and achieving success through determination with the abundance of resources and opportunities provided in the United States. This idea is what every person works for in their lifetime. Three men made it very clear that the American dream was possible starting with very little. Throughout the Gilded Age in American history, Industrialists Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt sought the…

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