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John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War and a member of the prominent Astor family. In April 1912, Astor earned a prominent place in history when he embarked on the ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank four days into its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. Astor did not survive. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.

John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War and a member of the prominent Astor family. In April 1912, Astor earned a prominent place in history when he embarked on the ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank four days into its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. Astor did not survive. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.

The body of John Jacob Astor IV (Body No. 124), was recovered by the MacKay-Bennett.  This photo shows Astor's funeral in New York. Astor’s body had been given to the care of a Mr. N. Biddle and forwarded to New York on May 1, 1912. J.J. Astor was the richest person aboard Titanic. At the time of the  sinking, his young wife, 19-year-old Madeleine Force, was pregnant, she gave birth to a son, John Jacob Astor VI, Aug. 14, 1912, exactly four months after the sinking of Titanic. (LIBRARY OF…

The body of John Jacob Astor IV (Body No. 124), was recovered by the MacKay-Bennett. This photo shows Astor's funeral in New York. Astor’s body had been given to the care of a Mr. N. Biddle and forwarded to New York on May 1, 1912. J.J. Astor was the richest person aboard Titanic. At the time of the sinking, his young wife, 19-year-old Madeleine Force, was pregnant, she gave birth to a son, John Jacob Astor VI, Aug. 14, 1912, exactly four months after the sinking of Titanic. (LIBRARY OF…

Mrs. John Jacob Astor IV, the former Madeleine Talmadge Force, who survived the sinking of the Titanic while John Jacob Astor IV perished.

Mrs. John Jacob Astor IV, the former Madeleine Talmadge Force, who survived the sinking of the Titanic while John Jacob Astor IV perished.

John Jacob Astor IV in 1909. He was the wealthiest person aboard Titanic.

John Jacob Astor IV in 1909. He was the wealthiest person aboard Titanic.

John Jacob Astor and his young pregnant wife. He was one of America's richest men. He went down on the Titanic. His wife was saved.

John Jacob Astor and his young pregnant wife. He was one of America's richest men. He went down on the Titanic. His wife was saved.

John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank,  Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.

John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank, Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.

John Jacob Astor and his wife had an Airdale on board. Her name was Kitty. The couple were protective of Kitty because she had gone missing during an excursion to Egypt. John had offered a huge reward for her return. They most likely would have kept Kitty in their room during their travel on the Titanic.  It is rumored that John released all dogs on board from their kennels. This has not been proven, and John did not survive the sinking.

John Jacob Astor and his wife had an Airdale on board. Her name was Kitty. The couple were protective of Kitty because she had gone missing during an excursion to Egypt. John had offered a huge reward for her return. They most likely would have kept Kitty in their room during their travel on the Titanic. It is rumored that John released all dogs on board from their kennels. This has not been proven, and John did not survive the sinking.

John Astor IV, RMS Titanic disaster victim in Trinity Churchyard, NY

John Astor IV, RMS Titanic disaster victim in Trinity Churchyard, NY. John Jacob Astor lV and his wife Madeleine sailed on the Titanic. Madeleine, on her return, later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.

John Jacob Astor IV with son, Vincent, circa 1910.  Mr. Astor perished on the Titanic in 1912 leaving behind approximately 119 billion dollars (value in 2012), his children Vincent and Ava from his first marriage, and his wife, Madeleine, who was just 19 years old and 5 months pregnant with their son, John Jacob Astor VI.

John Jacob Astor IV with son, Vincent, circa 1910. Mr. Astor perished on the Titanic in 1912 leaving behind approximately 119 billion dollars (value in 2012), his children Vincent and Ava from his first marriage, and his wife, Madeleine, who was just 19 years old and 5 months pregnant with their son, John Jacob Astor VI.

John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in…

John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in…

Ava Willing Astor married  to John Jacob Astor.... so this must be mother of John Jacob Astor V.  She was divorced so that her husband IV could marry Madeleine, 19, and their son was John Jacob Astor VI.

Ava Willing Astor married to John Jacob Astor.... so this must be mother of John Jacob Astor V. She was divorced so that her husband IV could marry Madeleine, 19, and their son was John Jacob Astor VI.

Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, seved in the Spanish American War.He would later perish on The Titanic

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Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, seved in the Spanish American War.He would later perish on The Titanic

John Jacob Astor lV, wife 19-year-old Madeleine, and dog Kitty headed for the Titanic. He and Kitty did not survive. Madeleine, on her return, later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.

John Jacob Astor lV, wife 19-year-old Madeleine, and dog Kitty headed for the Titanic. He and Kitty did not survive. Madeleine, on her return, later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.