Ogden Goelet (1851-1897)

Ogden Goelet, of 608 Fifth Avenue, New York City

In 1879, Ogden and his brother, Robert, inherited a real estate empire in Manhattan of 259 houses worth some $150 million which was second only to the Astors. He was a first cousin of Elbridge Thomas Gerry (1837-1927), whose son married the widow of George Washington Vanderbilt II of Biltmore. Ogden's wife, May, was one of "the marrying Wilsons" whose brother married Carrie Astor. Through his wife, Ogden's brothers-in-law were Cornelius Vanderbilt III and Sir Mungo Herbert, the British Ambassador to the U.S. When Ogden was run down by a car in 1897, his personal wealth was estimated at $80 million.

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