Alfred Vail -- b.9/25/1807 d.1/18/1859 (51) Inventor, Manufacturer Names/Places: MN:Lewis Misc: 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, Executive Misc: executive who twice headed the Bell Telephone Company at critical times and played a major role in establishing telephone services in the United States.
Cornelius Vanderbilt -- b.5/27/1794 d.1/4/1877 (82) Financier Misc: 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) Financier Names/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, Yachtsperson Misc: 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) Philanthropist Misc: 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.
Robert Lee Vesco -- b.12/4/1935 d.11/23/2007 (71) Financier Misc: 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.
Amerigo Vespucci -- b.3/9/1454 d.2/22/1512 (57) Explorer, Navigator, Merchant, Italian Misc: not b. 1454 courtesy of Larousse Spanish Dictionary
Henry Villard -- b.4/10/1835 d.11/12/1900 (65) Journalist, Executive, Financier, German Misc: railroad
Werner Von Siemens -- b.12/13/1816 d.12/6/1892 (75) Inventor, Industrialist, German Names/Places: FN:Ernst Misc: electrical engineer who played an important role in the development of the telegraph industry.