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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.

Stephanus Van Cortlandt -- b.5/7/1643 J-LD d.11/25/1700 J-LD (57)
Mayor, Merchant

Cornelius Vanderbilt -- b.5/27/1794 d.1/4/1877 (82)
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)
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)
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.

Frederique Van Der Wal -- b.8/30/1967
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Model, Dutch (Netherlands)

Gilbert Van Kamp -- b.12/25/1814 d.4/4/1900 (85)
Inventor, Businessperson
Misc: canning foods; founded the Van Camp canning company

Matthew Vassar -- b.4/29/1792 d.6/23/1868 (76)
Merchant, English

Vera -- b.7/24/1907 N.S. d.6/15/1993 N.S. (85)
Fashion Designer, Painter, Businessperson
Names/Places: LN: Neumann

C. William Verity -- b.1/26/1917 d.1/3/2007 (89)
Government Official, Businessperson, Executive
Misc: secretary of commerce

Petra Charlotte Verkaik -- b.11/4/1966
Entrepreneur, Actress, Model, Playmate
Misc: December 1989

Robert Lee Vesco -- b.12/4/1935 d.11/23/2007 (71)
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.

Dita Von Teese -- b.9/28/1972 N.S.
Entrepreneur, Actress, Costume Designer, Dancer, Model, American
Misc: Burlesque Dancer

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