William Backhouse Astor, Jr., Founder Of Astor Row In Harlem

He was born on July 12, 1829, the youngest son of William Backhouse Astor, Sr.. His brother was John Jacob Astor III.

William Backhouse Astor, Jr., graduated from Columbia College in 1849. In 1853 he married the socially ambitious Caroline Webster Schermerhorn, who reigned over New York and Newport society as simply “the Mrs. Astor.” Continue Reading →