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-- b.9/25/1807 d.1/18/1859 (51)Inventor, ManufacturerNames/Places: MN:LewisMisc: telegraph pioneer and an associate and financial backer of Samuel F.B. Morse in the experimentation that made the telegraph a commercial reality.
Theodore Newton Vail
-- b.7/16/1845 d.4/16/1920 (74)Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: executive who twice headed the Bell Telephone Company at critical times and played a major role in establishing telephone services in the United States.
Stephanus Van Cortlandt
-- b.5/7/1643 d.11/25/1700 (57)Mayor, Merchant
-- b.5/27/1794 d.1/4/1877 (82)FinancierMisc: started the Staten Island Ferry; steamship & railroad empires; acquired a personal fortune of over $100,000,000
Cornelius Vanderbilt II
-- b.11/27/1843 d.9/12/1899 (55)FinancierNames/Places: son of William, grandson of Cornelius, grandfather of Gloria; great grandfather of Anderson Cooper
Harold S. Vanderbilt
-- b.7/6/1884 d.7/4/1970 (85)Sailor, Businessperson, YachtspersonMisc: Invented Contact Bridge; owner and skipper who successfully defended the America's Cup 3 consecutive times (1930, 1934, and 1937).
William Henry Vanderbilt
-- b.5/8/1821 d.12/8/1885 (64)PhilanthropistMisc: railroad magnate who nearly doubled the Vanderbilt family fortune established and in large part bequeathed to him by his father, Cornelius; father of Cornelius II.
Frederique Van Der Wal
-- b.8/30/1967Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Model, Dutch (Netherlands)
-- b.4/29/1792 d.6/23/1868 (76)Merchant, English
-- b.7/24/1910 d.6/15/1993 (82)Fashion Designer, Painter, BusinesspersonNames/Places: LN: Neumann
C. William Verity
-- b.1/26/1917 d.1/3/2007 (89)Government Official, Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: secretary of commerce
Petra Charlotte Verkaik
-- b.11/4/1966Entrepreneur, Actress, Model, PlaymateMisc: December 1989
Robert Lee Vesco
-- b.12/4/1935 d.11/23/2007 (71)FinancierMisc: once considered the boy wonder of international finance, who later became a fugitive from U.S. and other legal authorities. He was a key figure in certain American financial and political scandals of the early 1970s.
-- b.3/9/1454 d.2/22/1512 (57)Explorer, Navigator, Merchant, ItalianMisc: not b. 1454 courtesy of Larousse Spanish Dictionary
-- b.4/10/1835 d.11/12/1900 (65)Journalist, Executive, Financier, GermanMisc: railroad
Werner Von Siemens
-- b.12/13/1816 d.12/6/1892 (75)Inventor, Industrialist, GermanNames/Places: FN:ErnstMisc: electrical engineer who played an important role in the development of the telegraph industry.
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