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[Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt]

[Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt]
Louis Alman, New York, NY
John James Tigert IV Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

An Alabama native like her cousin Amelia, Frank Armstrong Crawford married Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1869. He was seventy-five and she was thirty. Strongly devoted to the Methodist Church, her letters to McTyeire suggest that Frank played a critical role in priming Cornelius to sponsor a Southern Methodist institution. It is important to note that Frank’s guidance was likely accepted by Cornelius because it fell within nineteenth-century ideals of female morality and involvement in the church.