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Unexpectedly the wealthiest of the Cornelius Vanderbilt's  sons, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, was expected to make an advantageous match. He did.  On January 11, 1901 Alfred Vanderbilt married Ellen French, known as Elsie, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Unexpectedly the wealthiest of the Cornelius Vanderbilt's sons, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, was expected to make an advantageous match. He did. On January 11, 1901 Alfred Vanderbilt married Ellen French, known as Elsie, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Edith Vanderbilt (George and Edith's Engagement Portraits on the Biltmore facebook page)

Edith Vanderbilt (George and Edith's Engagement Portraits on the Biltmore facebook page)

See our 20-page insiders guide to Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. One of America's favorite castles. Gardens, Winery and tours on the estate.

See our 20-page insiders guide to Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. One of America's favorite castles. Gardens, Winery and tours on the estate.

Grace Wilson Vanderbilt in poka dots.  Grace Wilson Vanderbilt once said that: "I feel deeply for poor dear Marie Antoinette, for if The Revolution came to America, I should be the first to go."

Grace Wilson Vanderbilt in poka dots. Grace Wilson Vanderbilt once said that: "I feel deeply for poor dear Marie Antoinette, for if The Revolution came to America, I should be the first to go."

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Richard Morris Hunt, architect of the beaux-arts style of the gilded age

Richard Morris Hunt, architect of the beaux-arts style of the gilded age

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, (1853 - 1933). An American Gilded Age socialite, and later in life Alva took an active role in the suffrage movement. Photographed here - Alva's funeral, c.1933, located at Belmont Memorial Chapel, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.  ~ Women rights activists wore their suffrage banners, while attending her service, and served as her pallbearers. ~ {cwlyons} ~ (Image/article: Walking off the Big Apple, blog)

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, (1853 - 1933). An American Gilded Age socialite, and later in life Alva took an active role in the suffrage movement. Photographed here - Alva's funeral, c.1933, located at Belmont Memorial Chapel, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. ~ Women rights activists wore their suffrage banners, while attending her service, and served as her pallbearers. ~ {cwlyons} ~ (Image/article: Walking off the Big Apple, blog)

Consuelo Vanderbilt | Th American heiress and first wife of Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough pictured with a friend at the Epsom Derby in 1914. MEV-10700930 © ® Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Consuelo Vanderbilt | Th American heiress and first wife of Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough pictured with a friend at the Epsom Derby in 1914. MEV-10700930 © ® Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Consuelo's father, William K. Vanderbilt a wealthy business magnate gave the Duke 2.5 million dollars to repair Blenheim Palace . Consuelo in course of time, spent many more millions to renovate the ‘decrepit heap' that was Blenheim, at the time of her marriage. Consuelo and Duke "Sonny" drifted apart steadily. - Photo from "The Vanderbilt Women" 1991

Consuelo's father, William K. Vanderbilt a wealthy business magnate gave the Duke 2.5 million dollars to repair Blenheim Palace . Consuelo in course of time, spent many more millions to renovate the ‘decrepit heap' that was Blenheim, at the time of her marriage. Consuelo and Duke "Sonny" drifted apart steadily. - Photo from "The Vanderbilt Women" 1991

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney) was Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin, the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne. Her brothers were Cornelius III, Alfred G., and Reginald C.  As Gloria Vanderbilt's Aunt, she was awarded custody of Little Gloria.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney) was Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin, the daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne. Her brothers were Cornelius III, Alfred G., and Reginald C. As Gloria Vanderbilt's Aunt, she was awarded custody of Little Gloria.

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