ASTOR Family Outline Descent Tree(s) (ODT)
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.
From ketupa.net media profiles: the Astors
|John Jacob Astor (JJA) born in Waldorf, Germany|
|JJA migrates to US|
|JJA establishes American Fur Company|
|JJA subsidises publication of Washington Irving's Astoria|
|JJA dies worth US$20m, richest man in the country|
|son William Backhouse Astor dies|
|grandson William Waldorf Astor (WWA) serves as US minister to Italy|
|William Waldorf Astor moves to UK|
|WWA buys Pall Mall Gazette|
|WWA starts Pall Mall Magazine|
|WWA becomes UK citizen|
|WWA buys The Observer from the Harmsworths|
|John Jacob Astor IV dies in the sinking of the Titanic|
|WWA Pall Mall Magazine sold to Hearst|
|William Waldorf Astor becomes British peer|
|WWA wife Nancy becomes MP for Portsmouth|
|WWA son John Jacob Astor buys London Times from Northcliffe estate|
|David Astor becomes proprietor of Observer|
|Newsweek magazine bought by Washington Post|
|Astors sell The Times to Thomson|
|Astors sell the ailing Observer to US oil giant Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) for US$1|
|ARCO sells Observer to Lonrho|
|Observer bought by Guardian Media Group|
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(as of 2014-09-06), =::Cross reference
ASTOR, Caroline Webster (Mrs.)
[1830-1908] – American high society ruler
née SHERMERHORN, Caroline Webster
|ASTOR, John Jacob III [1822-1890] – American capitalist and real estate magnate ASTR32 16C5|
ASTOR, John Jacob IV
[1864-1912] – American capitalist, inventor (turbine engine) and real estate magnate; Titanic victim.
|ASTOR, John Jacob V [1886-1971] – British publisher and politician, 1st Baron Astor of Hever ASTR20 18C3|
[1891-1959] – Head of the American Astors (1912-1959)
né ASTOR, William Vincent
[1879-1964] – British politician
née LANGHORN, Nancy Witcher
[1879-1952] – British politician
|ASTOR, William Backhouse [1792-1875] – American capitalist and real estate magnate ASTR1 15C6|
|ASTOR, William Waldorf [1848-1919] – Anglo-American capitalist, real estate magnate and diplomat, 1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle ASTR15 17C4|
|ASTOR, William Waldorf [1907-1966] – British politian, 3rd Viscount Astor of Hever Castle ASTR25 19C2|
Bookmarks (off-site links)
origins, early history
- Hamrick Software - U.S. Surname Distribution maps showing name distribution in the U.S. in selected years.
- Thesaurus of Geographic Names Results List, English (Getty Research) Place names: ASTOR
- Walldorf, Baden, Germany J.J. Astor's birthplace
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