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Draft of Chapter One: Ophelia & Asher’s Story

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England September 1893 Wiggs, the usually calm and stately butler, came running down the steps to meet Asher as he rode up to Woodclyffe Manor. “Welcome home Master Asher! I beg your pardon, Lord Wyndclyffe,” he bowed low, showing Asher Hammersleigh, the new Earl of Wyndclyffe, his due respect.

Author · History

The Rise of Astor Dynasty: Gilded Age Wealth and Status

The third generation in the line of the strict male primogeniture created by John Jacob Astor I’s will was the first generation to live entirely under the wealth and inheritance amassed by the first two generations. Long gone were the days of that first Astor in America: there was no longer a need for fur… Continue reading The Rise of Astor Dynasty: Gilded Age Wealth and Status

History

The Rise of the Astor Dynasty: Part II

William Backhouse Astor was the second son of John Jacob Astor I and one of five children who survived to adulthood. When John Jacob I died in 1848,  his eldest son, John Jacob Astor II, could not feasibly inherit due to mental health issues; William Backhouse was named as his father's heir and became the… Continue reading The Rise of the Astor Dynasty: Part II

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The Rise of the Astor Dynasty: The First Generation in America

The first John Jacob Astor arrived in America from Walldorf, Germany in the late 1700's after the Revolutionary War. Over the course of his lifetime he held many professions: butcher, like his father; instrument maker and dealer, like both his brother and uncle; furrier; tradesman; and real estate investor. By 1810, when he was in… Continue reading The Rise of the Astor Dynasty: The First Generation in America