ASTOR, William Waldorf [1848-1919] -- Anglo-American capitalist, real estate magnate and diplomat, 1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle
1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle (1917)
A great grandson of John Jacob Astor (1763-1848)
and son of John Jacob Astor III (1822-90,
he settled in England and became a British subject.
He entered into journalism with the purchase of the
Pall Mall Gazette,
later followed by his acquisition of the London Sunday Observer.
His last years were marked by bitter prejudice against his former countrymen in America.
| U.S. Minister to Italy |
| New York legislature |
| Emigrated to England |
| Purchase of Pall Mall Gazette |
| A British subject |
| Purchase of London Sunday Observer |
| Created Baron |
| Viscount |
| 1st Viscount Astor of Hever Castle |
"Sforza" (1889 novel) "Valentino" (1885 novel)