Thursday, December 01, 2005

Anderson Vanderbilt Cooper - Skull & Bones 1989??

The below information has been taken (with some paraphrasing) almost entirely from biographies published on; of which I have contributed to the authoring of and correcting of numerous entries. (see additional sources below)

Anderson Hays Vanderbilt Cooper (Yale '89) is the youngest son of the late author Wyatt Emory Cooper and clothing designer, artist and author Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.

Gloria Vanderbilt is the daughter of American railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880-1925) and his second wife, Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan. Known as Reggie, he was the son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife Alice Claypoole Gwynne (1845-1934). He attended Yale University, as did his grandson Anderson, where Reggie acquired a reputation for dissipation—and no degree. (1904-1965).

Reginald Vanderbilt left a $4 million trust for Anderson's mother Gloria, which was to have been administered by his grandmother, but it caused a much publicized civil court case for the custody of his mother with Reginald's sister, Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney, who did eventually win the custody battle in 1934. The custody case for Anderson's mother was largely won on the grounds that Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan-Vanderbilt frequently made long trips to Europe without her daughter and that Morgan-Vanderbilt had also repeatedly exposed Anderson's mother Gloria to the intimate relationships of both her male & female partners; thus causing the New York City courts to find Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan-Vanderbilt to be an unfit mother and sending Cooper's mother Gloria Vanderbilt to live with his great-aunt Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney

As there is currently no confirmed listing of the fifteen members of the 1989 Class of Skull & can only speculate as to whether Anderson Hays Cooper only followed his famous ancestor's footsteps to the gates of Yale University...or if he continued over to the doorway of Skull & Bones' tomb (house) as well.


Gertrude was the wife of Harry Payne Whitney (S&B 1894), who's father was U.S. Secretary of the Navy William Collins Whitney (S&B 1863), US Secretary of the Navy. Thus making CNN's Anderson Vanderbilt Cooper's also the great-nephew of Alfred Gywenne Vanderbilt (S&B 1900), who on May 1, 1915 boarded the RMS Lusitania bound for Liverpool, England; which on May 7th, in the Irish Channel, the German submarine Unterseeboot 20 torpedoed, triggering a secondary explosion (widely believed to be a huge shipment of weapons from Remington Arms) that sank the Cunard ocean liner in just eighteen minutes. Vanderbilt's body was never recovered.

Harry Payne Whitney's brother William Payne Whitney (S&B 1898) married Helen Hay and they had a daughter Joan Whitney Payson and son John "Jock" Hay Whitney (Yale's Scroll and Key). Joan & Jock both inherited huge trust funds from their father and their grandfather William Collins Whitney when their passed away in 1927. Jock Whitney went on to become a pioneer in the production of color-movies, financier, philanthropist, art-collector, a U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom as well as the publisher of the New York Herald Tribune.

Joan Whitney Payson married Yale University alumni Charles Shipman Payson, she also cofounded the New York Mets baseball team with George Herbert Walker, Jr. (S&B 1927) in 1960. He was also the brother-in-law of former U.S. Senator Prescott Sheldon Bush (S&B 1917), and the father of the current U.S. Ambassador to Hungary George Herbert Walker III (S&B 1953). He was also the uncle of former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush (S&B 1947), to whom he was extremely close. "Uncle Herbie" helped fund the former President George H.W. Bush's initial entry into the oil business in the early 1950s.

U.S. President George H. W. Bush (S&B 1968) is son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush (S&B 1947), the grandson son former Connecticut U.S. Senator Prescott Sheldon Bush (S&B 1917), the great-nephew of James Smith Bush (S&B 1922), George Herbert Walker, Jr. (S&B 1927), Dr. John Mercer Walker, Sr. (S&B 1931), Louis Walker (S&B 1936), the nephew of Jonathan James Bush (S&B 1953) and the cousin U.S. Ambassador George Herbert Walker III (S&B 1953)of Ray Carter Walker (S&B 1955) and several others.


Anderson Hay Vanderbilt Cooper
Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt
Wyatt Emory Cooper
Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
Gloria Laura Mercedes Morgan-Vanderbilt
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Harry Payne Whitney
William C. Whitney;
Payne Whitney
John Hay Whitney
Joan Whitney Payson

Additional Sources:
George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walkerm Jr.
George Herbert Walker III
Prescott Sheldon Bush
Chief Judge John M. Walker, Jr.
Yale's Scroll & Key;
Yale's Skull & Bones Society

No comments: