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John Jacob Astor IV
Date: July 13, 1864 - April 15, 1912
John Jacob Astor
Remarks: John Jacob Astor IV, a Harvard graduate, spent his time managing the family fortune, writing a novel, and developing devices such as a bicycle brake. In 1897, he built the Astoria Hotel, which joined with his cousin's hotel to become the Waldorf-Astoria. In April of 1912, Astor and his second wife were aboard the ill-fated Titanic, returning to New York after traveling abroad. When the liner hit an iceberg, Mrs. Astor was able to secure passage on a lifeboat. However, John Astor was not so lucky, and his body was found seven days later. - Source: