Was vanderbilt a robber baron?
yes he was.
J. D. Rockefeller was considered both a robber baron and a captain of industry. No he wasn't, he was simply a man that knew how to invest and make sure that his companies were prosperous. He was a philantropist who gave back to many organizations and colleges. Rockefeller gave 10% of every paycheck to Baptist churches. (to above answer) YES he was a robber baron since not only did he invest well, his original wealth…
No. The term "Robber Baron" dates from the early 1900's when men like Rockefeller, Carnegie , Pullman, Goodyear and others controlled all the economic wealth of the country . Our robber barons now are the bankers and stock exchange as well as the gas companies. When a company makes profits without adding to the society and only takes it is a robber Barron or pirate.
John W Mackay was the opposite of a Robber Baron. He brought competition to the telegraph industry and reduced the price of telegraphs. He treated his workers fairly. The Robber Barons established cartels and cheated their workers. They ran sweat shops. They kept prices unnecessarily high. They destroyed competition.