Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Railroad: Accomplishments & Facts


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Cornelius Vanderbilt's first job was on a:

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1. In the late 1840s and early 1850s, Cornelius Vanderbilt made a fortune providing oceangoing travel for the:

2. Cornelius Vanderbilt acquired many railways in the 1860s, but his first major one was the:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cornelius Vanderbilt is best known for acquiring control of a significant part of the nation's railways and developing a freight and passenger network that connected the East Coast with major hubs throughout the Midwest. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the man and his rise to one of the most powerful figures of the Industrial Age.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Vanderbilt's early career
  • Vanderbilt's steamship business
  • His launch of a railway empire
  • Vanderbilt's business reputation
  • His contributions to American industry

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Cornelius Vanderbilt and his role in building America's rail system
  • Lesson comprehension - draw the most important information from the related US history lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Cornelius Vanderbilt to answer questions about his rise in the 19th-century business world

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Railroad: Accomplishments & Facts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Cornelius Vanderbilt's background and achievements
  • Know the major events that inspired Vanderbilt's career
  • Describe Vanderbilt's business strategies
  • Explain his reputation in business