On this day: John Jacob Astor

American businessman John Jacob Astor, photographed on the 25th of August, 1909. He was the richest man on the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. Returning from his honeymoon at the time, he put his wife on a lifeboat and was last seen alive having a cigarette with writer Jacques Futrelle an hour before the ship disappeared into the ocean.

John_Jacob_Astor_1909John Jacob Astor in 1909 The richest man on the Titanic. Photographed on the 25th of August 1909.