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Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American corporate executive. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 2 battle stars; Breeder of the Year award New York Turf Writers, 1960; special racing award 1985; Man of the Year, Thoroughbred Club American, 1966; recording Eclipse award, 1985.


  • Whitney, Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on February 20, 1899 in New York City.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yale University, 1922. Degree in Aeronautical Science (honorary), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Florida, Gainesville, 1983.


    • Founder Pan American Airways, 1927, chairman board, until 1941. Founder Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, 1928, chairman board, until 1964, director, until 1974. President Whitney Industries, Inc., 1931-1989.

      Founder Marineland of Florida Inc., 1937, chairman board, until 1984. Assistant secretary United States Army Air Force, 1947-1949. Undersecretary commerce, 1949-1950.

      Special envoy of President to, England, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, 1950. Representative of President at funeral of King Frederick of Denmark, January 1972. Director Churchill Downs.


    • Co-producer motion pictures: Gone with the Wind, Rebecca, A Star Is Born, 1930-1985. Author: autobiography Lone and Levels Sands, Live a Year With a Millionaire. High Peaks, The Owl Hoots Again, First Flights.


    Board directors Saratoga Performing Arts Center, National Museum of Dance. Past trustee Whitney Museum American Art, American Museum Natural History. Founder Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Cody, Wyoming, 1958, director, 1958-1992.

    Founder National Museum of Racing, Saratoga, New York, 1950. Director emeritus Buffalo Bill History Foundation, Cody, Wyoming. Past member Kentucky Governor's Economic Commission Governor Rockefeller's advisory committee on the future of the Adirondack region.

    Served to Second lieutenant, A.C. United States Army, World War I. To colonel United States Army Air Force, 1941-1946. Member of Angler (New York City), River (New York City), Brook (New York City), Jockey (New York City), Turf and Field (New York City).


    • Married Marie Louise Hosford, January 24, 1958. 5 children.
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
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    Born February 20, 1899
    Died 1992
    (aged 92)
    • 1922
      Yale University
    • 1978
      Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • 1983
      University Florida
    • 1931 - 1989
      president, Whitney Industries
    • 1947 - 1949
      assistant, secretary United States Army Air Force
    • 1949 - 1950
      undersecretary commerce
    • 1950
      special envoy of President, to
      England, Arkansas, United States
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