“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 11, 2009
1. Vanderbilt University Marker
Inscription. An independent, privately supported university founded 1873 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, New York shipping & railway magnate, who gave $1,000,000 to start the university & expressed his wish that it should "contribute to strengthening the ties which should exist between all geographical sections of our common country." (Marker Number 3A 51.)
Location. 36° 8.951′ N, 86° 48.2′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on West End Avenue (U.S. 70 Spur), on the right. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governors' Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nashville Academy of Medicine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Thomas Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Wallace University School (approx. ¼ mile away); Anne Dallas Dudley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Duncan College Preparatory School for Boys (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scarritt College for Christian Workers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Disciples of Christ Historical Society (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . .  Cornelius Vanderbilt. (Submitted on December 13, 2009, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.)
Vanderbilt University image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 11, 2009
2. Vanderbilt University

Categories. Education
Cornelius Vanderbilt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
3. Cornelius Vanderbilt
This 1846 portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt by Nathaniel Jocelyn hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington,DC.

‘The Commodore,’ as he was dubbed for his domination of waterborne transportation, Cornelius Vanderbilt created one of the first great fortunes and business dynasties in American history. He began in the rough-and-tumble world of the New York port and by 1829 had parlayed several small shipping ventures into a stake in the lucrative Hudson River trade. He branched out to dominate the New England trade and seaborne travel to San Francisco. He next moved into railroads, eventually gaining control of the industry from New York to western Canada. Vanderbilt was a ruthless monopolist, driving out his competitors through rate wars, political muscle, and hostile takeovers. But in organizing America's fragmented transportation system, he facilitated national expansion and created the infrastructure on which an expanding economy could build.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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