A Brief Introduction to William K. Vanderbilt II

A Brief Introduction to William K. Vanderbilt II

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A Brief Introduction to William K. Vanderbilt II

Monday, May 22, 2017
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The Vanderbilt name holds a strong aura of distinction and equally strong ties to Fisher Island, Florida. One of the members of the family was William Kissam Vanderbilt II, a yachtsman and strong fan of motor racing.

Born on October 26, 1878, William Kissam Vanderbilt II was named after his father and was the first son born in the family. He was affectionately referred to as Willie K. and, much like his siblings Harold Stirling and Consuelo, he enjoyed a life of luxury. Regular trips to Europe and sailing adventures around the globe were a common activity for young Willie K.

As a child, William developed a strong interest in yachting, automobiles, and horse racing. When he was ten years old, he had the opportunity to ride a steam-powered tricycle in France and continued to pursue his interest. William acquired several motorized vehicles which he enjoyed racing around villages and towns, much to the chagrin of citizens.

After pursuing his interests and even winning yachting competitions, William’s ties to Fisher Island came about in 1925 when he traded one of his luxury yachts for a piece of Fisher Island, his winter residence. He built a sprawling mansion that included tennis courts, an eleven-hole golf course, and even a seaplane hangar.

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