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The Wealth and Succes of William Vanderbilt Essay

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William Vanderbilt was an American businessman whose wealth was derived from the thriving railroad industry of the late nineteenth century. He was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1821 and died at age 64 on December 8, 1885. During this time, he led the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, the Canada Southern Railway, and the Michigan Central Railroad. He took over as president for these organizations for his father. His father, Cornelius Vanderbilt, brought the railroad business to his family. Upon his death, William Vanderbilt was the richest man in the world. His success can be attributed to his ability to capitalize on the transportation revolution that swept America years ago, and only remained to expand and grow with the…show more content…
The rails are the single and greatest contributor to his vast fortune, and he saw it as one well deserved by his family and himself. The wealth should not be stripped from his good hands, as he saw it, especially considering his notable contributions to charity and the national economy all around. Vanderbilt expressed the utmost confidence in his own people and his own company. In fact, he stated in that same interview, “I don't take any stock in this silly nonsense about working for anybody but our own.” The idea of the federal government acquiring the railroads would not appeal to this attitude nor would it find support in any region of his company. This “support your own” type of attitude is one that carries well among those who are involved, thus the effort to acquiesce the railroads from Vanderbilt and his people would no doubt be faced with adversity.
Finally, the idea of establishing a national welfare system for all citizens who fall below a congressionally defined poverty line would most likely not be supported by Vanderbilt. Logic dictates that those who have money, tend to try and keep it when it comes to fiscal policy. For the same reasons that wealthy conservatives of todays’ republican party oppose the institution of national healthcare which raises taxation on the upper one
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