William Backhouse  Astor, Jr.

William Backhouse Astor, Jr.

Male 1830 - 1892  (62 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 69 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William Backhouse Astor 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 1830 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1892 
    Person ID I53767  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also William Backhouse Astor, Jr at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2008 

    Father William Backhouse Astor,   b. 1792,   d. 1875  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Margaret Rebecca Armstrong,   b. 1799,   d. 1872  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1818 
    Siblings 6 siblings 
    Family ID F144159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Caroline Webster Schermerhorn,   b. 22 Sep 1830,   d. 30 Oct 1908  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1853 
     1. Emily Astor,   b. 1854,   d. 1881  (Age 27 years)
     2. Helen Astor,   b. 1855,   d. Nov 1893  (Age 38 years)
     3. Charlotte Augusta Astor,   b. 1858,   d. 1920  (Age 62 years)
     4. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor,   b. 1861,   d. 1948  (Age 87 years)
    +5. Col. John Jacob Astor,   b. 13 Jul 1864,   d. 15 Apr 1912, Titanic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2003 
    Family ID F21949  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    William Backhouse Astor Jr

  • Notes 
    • Was more sociable and less active in business
      on Beechwood House, New York since 1881

      Unlike his forebears and his older brother, William Astor (he dropped the “Backhouse”, probably to avoid negative associations of that name) showed little inclination for business or investing. He did invest into real estate and even innovated within the family doing so, but the move had little impact on his fortune and went on almost unnoticed. In 1875, William Astor was one of the first magnates to develop land in Florida and he even started to build a railroad, long before more enterprising men such as Henry Morrison Flagler and Henry Bradley Plant invested on a large scale and made that state a fashionable residence for the rich. An enthusiastic sportsman, William Astor also dabbled into yacht-building. While these activities did not earn him significant money, he still more or less doubled his inheritance in the 17 years from his father’s death until his own in 1892. He left over 50'000'000 $ mostly to his son John Jacob Astor IV.

      Fortune: 75,000,000 $ (1892)
      15,000,000 $ 1875
      Activity : Real Estate
      Main property: New York City real estate

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