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    by Virginia Cowles

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    The Astors; whose immense fortune came from furs, ships, and real estate; whose mansions bejewelled Fifth Avenue, Newport, and England; who became leaders — first in America, then in Britain — of polite society; whose births and deaths, private feuds and public scandals, political ambitions and philanthropic munificence have fascinated the rest of the world for close to two centuries.

    The story of their rise to prominence, of their long reign, of their influence and importance, is more than the saga of a rich and unusual family, for it illuminates from a unique vantage point the history of the past two hundred years.

    When twenty-year-old John Jacob Astor arrived in icebound Baltimore from Germany in 1783, his ambition was to live comfortably from the sale of musical instruments.

    At his death in 1848, he was the richest man in America — he ruled over an empire and had founded a dynasty.

    Today’s generation of Astors, still wealthy, lead influential but less flamboyant lives than their predecessors — as modest businessmen, horse breeders, playboys, philanthropists, novelists.

    But between them and their ancestor John Jacob — who had spent his early years trudging along Indian trails bartering for furs and his last fourteen years quadrupling his fortune many times over on Manhattan real estate and rentals — lies a peerless array of characters, social and political forces in their own times, whose power and prestige continue to be felt today.

    There was William Backhouse Astor, frugal and sombre, who loathed social gatherings. There was the Southerner Charlotte Augusta, who during the Civil War raised and equipped a regiment of black soldiers to fight for the North.

    There was Caroline Astor, who gave balls costing as much as $200,000.

    There was the vindictive, prickly William Waldorf Astor, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress.

    There was an Astor feud settled only by the prospect of financial gain with the creation of the Waldorf-Astoria, designed to bring exclusiveness to the masses, a “glittering incandescent fantasy”.

    And there was Nancy Astor, vociferous Member of Parliament and leader of the Cliveden Set.

    From the free-wheeling entrepreneurial days of the early nineteenth century through two world wars to today, the Astors have been in the forefront of their age, both here and abroad, luminaries of politics, society, and culture.

    Through five generations, in all their splendour, in a richly anecdotal narrative interwoven with paintings, drawings, and photographs making vivid the people, their mansions, their rise to social prominence in the United States and in England, here then are The Astors.

    Virginia Cowles(1910-1983) was an author and journalist. Born in Vermont, USA she became a well-known journalist in the 1930s with her columns appearing on both sides of the Atlantic. During the Second World War she covered the Italian campaign, the liberation of Paris, and the Allied invasion of Germany. In 1945 she married the politician and writer Aidan Crawley. She wrote many biographies including Winston Churchill; the Era and the Man and Edward VII and His Circle.




















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    1914.If he had been a scoundrel he could have chased a woman and her children from some lifeboat141337He visited the various royal courts, such as the court of Marguerite de ValoisRussian-American Company Astor family Astoria, Oregon Astoria, Queens Astor Place Astor Row List of wealthiest historical figures List of richest Americans in history List of Freemasons Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (17921875) was a prominent real estate businessmanHowever, most of the wealth of the 13 Top families is hidden so that the ties to who owns it are difficult to trackWhen the war endedIn 1822, Astor established the Robert Stuart House on Mackinac Island as headquarters for the reorganized American Fur Company, making the island a metropolis of the fur tradeRhodes a high ranking Freemason wanted the Masonic clap-trap as part of these various new groups, but Milner and Brett did away with the Masonic rituals and costumes, etcThe fate of most of them at this time is, of course, not knownShe accompanied the Astors to Egypt and France and, by coincidence, was called home to the U.SLater he served as Grand Treasurer for the Grand Lodge of New York


    Why? Dope, IncThe Astor family also used Owen Lattimore as their proxy for opium trade, who in turn used Laura Spelman who was funded by the Institute for Pacific Relations (IPR)Early life, education, and family[edit]Western Union Telegraph trustee NY Zoological Soc.advisor to Bankers Trust of NYmember AmerTribal Feeling pJohn Jacobs step-mother Christina Barbara is described as the perfect, cruel fairy tale stepmotherAlthough the story is that he came to America penniless--and that may be true--he soon joined the Masonic Lodge, and within 2-3 years had become the Master of the Holland Lodge NoAstor became a banker, and sat on the board of 5 directors of the new national bank that Hamilton created for the U.Sfor the rest of his lifep.1This certainly is what life has been like at the Chanler Rokeby mansionWorks by John Jacob Astor IV at Project Gutenberg Works by or about John Jacob Astor IV at Internet Archive Works by John Jacob Astor IV at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks) John Jacob Astor IV at Find a Grave Texts on Wikisource: "Astor, John Jacob, capitalist"First, Freemasonry publicly proclaimed that it had nothing to do with the Hell Fire Club6 Princes of the Illuminaticity areaBoth were drowned."[23] Madeleine, her nurse, and her maid survivedFederal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 48a4f088c3

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