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Astor, William Waldorf (1st Viscount Astor of Hever)

Born: 1848 AD
Died: 1919 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen


1848 - Born on March 31st in New York City. Newspaper owner and politician.

         - He founded Waldorf Hotel in New York City.

1877-1879 - He won a seat in the New York State Assembly and a seat in the New York State Senate.

         - Astor had married Mary Dahlgren Paul and the couple had five children.

1882 - Was the United States Minister to Italy.

         - Astor received a reprieve from the press in the form of an appointment by President Chester Arthur to serve as the minister to Italy.

1884-1889 - Astor tried his hand at writing, producing two novels—Valentino and Sforza: A Story of Milan. Neither literary effort was well received.

1890 - He emigrated to England.

1892-1893 - He bought the Pall Mall Gazette, a daily newspaper, and later bought the London weekly, The Observer. He published Pall Mall Magazine, a literary publication, for a number of years.

1917 - He became the 1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle.

1919 - Astor died of heart failure on October 18th, in Brighton, England.


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