William H. Vanderbilt autographs are small and far away. But when autographs appear in key documents related to the establishment of the Vanderbilt Clinic, an eye opener!
William Vanderbilt was a wonderful businessman. In 1877 he inherited an incredible $ 100 million from his famous father and train magnet, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Less than nine years later, William nearly doubled his family's assets to $ 194 million.
William Vanderbilt was a generous humanitarian despite the astronomical growth of wealth. Vanderbilt makes large sums to the YMCA and Vanderbilt University (an institution founded by his father). Vanderbilt also played a role in the establishment of the Metropolitan Opera in 1883.
Vanderbilt was a special attraction to Columbia University and provided generous support to the College of Doctors and Surgeons. According to a contemporary publication, James Woods McLane, MD, graduated in 1864 at the College of Doctors and Surgeons, and Professor of College College, said to Vanderbilt, "There's a rod in the marinade." McLane sent Vanderbilt to finance a medical complex. The contemporary publication said: "It was the biggest bill ever made by a medical doctor in New York."
In 1884, William Vanderbilt donated $ 200,000 worth of land to the College of Physicians and Surgeons between Street 59 and Street 60, and 9th and 10th. Vanderbilt contributed $ 300,000 to build three buildings on site and found a maternity hospital. As a treasurer of the College of Doctors and Surgeons, we can view the checks provided to Dr. McLane in the form of original contracts. These framed checks, outlined by William Vanderbilt, are among the largest charity contributions ever recorded in American history. In a few short years, this institution became one of America's busiest medical centers. In 1900, more than 150,000 people were treated in this facility.
Despite the huge amount of money sold for philanthropic reasons, William H. Vanderbilt was the richest man in the world at the time of his death. The Vanderbilt Autographed Checks by Columbia University prove their great charity. Even though he considered the "… load on every backside or brain wear," Vanderbilt will be memorable for his skillful skill and great charity contribution to America.