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A family of the first great capitalists of America. John Jacob Astor, the progenitor, was a 1784 immigrant from Waldorf, in the province of Baden, Germany. He built a huge empire in the fur trade and Manhattan real estate.

Who has not heard of the great New York hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria?

His son, William Backhouse Astor was known as "New York's Landlord" because of the extensive family holdings on Manhattan.

A great grandson emmigrated to England where he was made a Viscount, beginning a titled British Astor line of newspaper publishers, writers and politicians.  -30-
 

Chronology

From ketupa.net media profiles: the Astors

1763
John Jacob Astor (JJA) born in Waldorf, Germany
1783
JJA migrates to US
1791
Observer founded
1808
JJA establishes American Fur Company
1836
JJA subsidises publication of Washington Irving's Astoria
1848
JJA dies worth US$20m, richest man in the country
1875
son William Backhouse Astor dies
1882-1885
grandson William Waldorf Astor (WWA) serves as US minister to Italy
1893
William Waldorf Astor moves to UK
1893
WWA buys Pall Mall Gazette
1893
WWA starts Pall Mall Magazine
1899
WWA becomes UK citizen
1911
WWA buys The Observer from the Harmsworths
1912
John Jacob Astor IV dies in the sinking of the Titanic
1914
WWA Pall Mall Magazine sold to Hearst
1916
William Waldorf Astor becomes British peer
1919
WWA wife Nancy becomes MP for Portsmouth
1922
WWA son John Jacob Astor buys London Times from Northcliffe estate
1948
David Astor becomes proprietor of Observer
1961
Newsweek magazine bought by Washington Post
1966
Astors sell The Times to Thomson
1977
Astors sell the ailing Observer to US oil giant Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) for US$1
1981
ARCO sells Observer to Lonrho
1993
Observer bought by Guardian Media Group

Relatives

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chg ◊ ASTOR, Caroline Webster (Mrs.) [1830-1908] – American high society ruler ASTR7 16C5
née SHERMERHORN, Caroline Webster
chg • ASTOR, John Jacob III [1822-1890] – American capitalist and real estate magnate ASTR32 16C5
chg/ • ASTOR, John Jacob IV [1864-1912] – American capitalist, inventor (turbine engine) and real estate magnate; Titanic victim. ASTR12 17C4
  • Grandfather: ¤ASTOR, William Backhouse [1792-1875] American capitalist and real estate magnate
  • Mother: ¤ASTOR, Caroline Webster (Mrs.) [1830-1908] American high society ruler
  • Uncle: ¤ASTOR, John Jacob III [1822-1890] American capitalist and real estate magnate
chg • ASTOR, John Jacob V [1886-1971] – British publisher and politician, 1st Baron Astor of Hever ASTR20 18C3
chg • ASTOR, Vincent [1891-1959] – Head of the American Astors (1912-1959) ASTR38 18C3
né ASTOR, William Vincent
chg ◊ ASTOR, Viscountess [1879-1964] – British politician ASTR22 18C3
née LANGHORN, Nancy Witcher
  • Husband: ¤ASTOR, Waldorf [1879-1952] British politician
chg • ASTOR, Waldorf [1879-1952] – British politician ASTR19 18C3
  • Wife: ¤ASTOR, Viscountess [1879-1964] British politician
chg ◊ ASTOR, William Backhouse [1792-1875] – American capitalist and real estate magnate ASTR1 15C6
chg • ASTOR, William Waldorf [1848-1919] – Anglo-American capitalist, real estate magnate and diplomat, 1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle ASTR15 17C4
chg • ASTOR, William Waldorf [1907-1966] – British politian, 3rd Viscount Astor of Hever Castle ASTR25 19C2

 

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Candidates Work List

This is my working list of candidates to include -- I'm not yet sure if they are related to me! As candidates are eliminated (proven not related) they are marked appropriately (THUS) and an explanation included. They are kept in the list in case future research proves they can be included. (And to keep them from popping up on the list again!) Never discard good research!

Proven candidates' names are marked with an asterisk (*) until they can be added to the database.

ASTOR, Camille [1896-1944]
Polish film actress
ASTOR, Gertrude [1887-1977]
American actress, first to sign a contract with Universal (1915) née Gertrude Eyster
ASTOR, Helen [living 1924]
American politician
ASTOR, Junie [1912-1967]
French film actress
ASTOR, Mary [1906-1987]
American actress née Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke
ASTOR, William B. [living 1876]
American politician (of Lebanon, VA)

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