Son of William Backhouse Astor and Margaret Rebecca Astor
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About Henry Astor
Henry Astor (1830-1918), married 1871 Malvina Dinehart of Red Hook, New York (born 1845) They had no issue.
The match with Ms. Dinehart, whose father is variously described as the head farmer or the gardner for the Astor family farm in Red Hook (which Henry managed), was considered socially unacceptable. Henry was estranged from his father, brothers and all but one of his sisters as a result. His reputed disinheritance for falling in love with a poor woman became a celebrated scandal in New York society.
Henry withdrew from New York society to live the quiet life of a gentleman farmer with his new wife in a house he designed himself in West Copake, NY. (Sometimes referred to in his time as Astorville.) Shortly before his death it became public knowledge that, although substantially reduced from a full share, his inheritance still put him among the richest men in the United States. Henry and Malvina were childless and his fortune reverted to his siblings and their issue upon his death, although his wife was guaranteed the interest from one-third of the estate for the remainder of her life.