"Henry B. Hyde was born in Catskill, N.Y., Feb. 15, 1834. He was a descendant of an old Colonial family established in Newtown, Mass., in 1633, by William Hyde of England. He came to New York in the year 1850, and for the next two years was employed by Messrs. Merritt, Ely & Co., merchants of this city. In January, 1852, he obtained a clerkship in the office of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, and was subsequently made cashier of that company." His father, Henry H. Hyde of Boston, was General Manger of the Mutual Life Insurance Company for New England. In 1859, Henry B. Hyde resigned from the Mutual and founded the Equitable. He married Annie Fitch, daughter of Simeon Fitch. His son, James H. Hyde, graduated from Harvard in 1898 and joined the company as a Second Vice President. William C. Alexander, the first president of the Equitable, died in 1874. (Death of Henry B. Hyde. New York Times, May 3, 1899.) Charles Ely of Merritt, Ely & Co. was a director of the Mutual.
Col. William C. Alexander was the last surviving son of Archibald
Alexander, D.D., of Princeton. He graduated from the College of
New-Jersey in 1824. He was in the New Jersey state legislature,
and was a candidate for governor in 1859. He became president of the
Equitable Life Assurance Society that year. (Obituary. New York Times,
Aug. 25, 1874.)
Archibald Alexander, D.D., was elected a professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary when it was established in 1811, and held that office until his death. He left six sons - Rev. Dr. James W. Alexander, Rev. Joseph Addison Alexander, Rev. Samuel Alexander, lawyers Henry and William, and Archibald Alexander, M.D. (Death of Dr. Alexander. New York Times, Oct. 23, 1851.) Archibald Alexander, D.D., was about 80, and was born in Virginia. He had been President of Hampden Sidney College, and was at the Third Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia before coming to Princeton. (From the Trenton Gazette. Oct. 25, 1851.) Rev. Dr. Ashbel Green, Princeton 1783, a co-founder of the Princeton Theological Seminary, was the grandfather of Equitable Life trustee Ashbel Green.
"Dr. Lambert became associated with Henry B. Hyde in 1850, who in that year founded the Equitable Life Assurance Society, and was made the society's first medical director. During the period of forty-five years since then he had remained chief of the Equitable's medical staff...." (Death of Dr. E.W. Lambert. New York Times, July 19, 1904.) He was born in Boston; his father, William Gage Lambert, moved to New York City during his senior year at Yale. He got his M.D. at the College of Physicians and Surgeons . He was the father of Dr. Alexander Lambert (S&B 1884) and Adrian VanSinderen Lambert (S&B 1893), and two other sons who also graduated from Yale, in 1880 and 1886. Three of his four daughters married Yale grads as well: Dickinson W. Richards (1880); William Ransom Barbour (1880), and Knight Dexter Cheney Jr. (S&B 1892). He married Martha, a daughter of Samuel W. Waldron. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 437.) He was a director of the Pacific Mutual Insurance Company in 1855. (Insurance. New York Times, Jan. 23, 1855.) Dr. Alexander Lambert S&B 1884, was chairman of the Executive Committee of the "Committee of Fifty" anti-smoking conspiracy, ca. 1920.Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 437 / Google Books
Dr. Edward W. Lambert's brother, Alfred Lambert, Skull & Bones
1843, was born in Boston and graduated from the Harvard Medical School
in 1846, after interning at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was one
of the incorporators of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
in 1851, and was its medical examiner until 1868, when he went to that
position at the Equitable. About eight years later he returned to
Massachusetts, and in 1880 went back to the Massachusetts Mutual.
(Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1880-1890, p. 250.)
There were other brothers in the family whom the rest of the family
does not mention, including William Gage Lambert Jr. and James Henry
Lambert., born in 1824 and 1826 in Boston. Arrest warrants were issued
for William G. Lambert Jr. and William H. Perley for arson of a liquor
store they owned, which was insured by the Standard and American
Insurance Companies and the Home Insurance Company, along with inflated
claims of loss. (Incendiary Fire in Broadway. New York Herald, Aug. 18,
Their mother was Sally Perley, daughter of Phineas Perley. Her
sister, Mary, was the first wife of Alexander Hamilton Twombly, and the
mother of Rev. Alexander Stevenson Twombly (S&B 1854); grandmother
of Edward Lambert Twombly M.D. (Yale 1881), Henry Bancroft Twombly
(S&B 1884), Clifford Gray Twombly (Yale 1891), and Howland Twombly
(Wolf's Head 1896); and great-grandmother of Edward Bancroft Twombly
(S&B 1912), Alexander H. Twombly Jr. (Yale 1918), and great
grandnephews Doane Twombly (Yale 1939) and Edward Twombly Jr. (Yale
1945). (The History and Genealogy of the Perley Family. By M. V.
Perley-375. Salem, Mass., 1906; Alexander Stevenson Twombly. Obituary
Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 882.) Hamilton McK. Twombly,
Harvard 1871, was a younger half-brother of Alexander S. Twombly.
Henry B. Twombly and Edward B. Twombly were directors of Sterling
Securities Corp., along with Charles
P. Taft 2d, S&B 1918. (Display Ad. Syracuse Herald, May 23,
1928.) Edward B. Twombly was Henry B. Twombly's son and law partner.
(Who's who in Finance and Banking, 1920-1922. Edited by John William
Their father, William G. Lambert, was one of the original directors
of the Equitable and was on its board until at least 1882. (Display Ad.
New York Times, Jan. 26, 1882 p. 10.) He was also a director of the New
England Mutual Life Insurance Company
(Affairs In and Around the City. Boston Atlas, Dec. 4, 1850; Insurance.
New York Times, Oct. 20, 1851) and a director of the Home Insurance
Company of New-York
(Insurance. New York Times, Feb. 28, 1857.) In 1853, he was identified
with the firm of A.A. Lawrence & Co. (Insurance. New York Times,
Mar. 2, 1853.) He retired from A.A. Lawrence & Co. and joined Geo.
C. Richardson & Co. in 1865. (Business Changes. Boston Daily
Advertiser, Jul. 3, 1865.) He was a member of the executive committee
of the American Home Missionary Society. "He was an active helper of D.
Lyman Beecher in the Hanover Street Church, and one of the founders and
deacons of the Bowdoin Street Church, Boston. Since 1861 he has been a
member, and most of the time a deacon, of the Broadway Tabernacle
Church" [of Rev. Joseph Parrish Thompson, S&B 1838]. (Letter from
New York. By Huntington. The Congregationalist, Jan. 3, 1883.) Amos
Adams Lawrence was the head of A.A. Lawrence & Co. (Obituary. New
York Times, Aug. 24, 1886), and the
grandfather of Bishop
William Lawrence. A.A. Lawrence's father, Amos Lawrence,
was a supporter of the notorious anti-smoker, Rev. George Trask.
Dr. Edward W. Lambert's daughter, Sally, married Dickinson Woodruff
Richards, Scroll & Key 1880. He was a partner of Richards &
Heald, Richards & Richards, and Richards & Affeld. He was the
son of Rev. George Richards, Skull & Bones 1840. His Yale relatives
go back to 1741. His daughter, Katherine Lambert Richards, married
Albert W. Olsen [S&B 1917]. (Bulletin of Yale University. Obituary
Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year
1933-1934 pp. 39-40; D.W. Richards Dies; New York Lawyer. New York
Times, Sep. 29, 1933.)
Dr. Edward W. Lambert's wife's sister, Sarah Katherine Waldron,
married Elliot C. Cowdin. (Married. New York Times, Sep. 15, 1853.)
Cowdin was born in 1819 in Vermont. He lived in Boston until 1852, when
he moved to New York and founded Elliot C. Cowdin & Co., importing
novelties. He was one of the founders of the Union League Club. "He was
in Paris at the outbreak of the Franco-German war, went to Paris during
the siege, but returned in time to witness the excesses of the Commune,
and delivered an able paper on the subject at the Cooper Institute upon
his return to this country. He had crossed the Atlantic some 50 times
in all, and had, curiously enough, been a personal witness of every
struggle from 1848 down to the last abortive struggle of the
Communists." He was also a director of the Metropolitan Bank. He left
an estate valued at about $500,000. (Elliot C. Cowdin Dead. New York
Times, Apr. 13, 1880.) His widow, Edward W. Lambert, and Joseph S.
Lowrey were the executors. Judge Charles A. Peabody and
Fisher A. Baker
were the witnesses. (Elliot C. Cowdin's Will. New York Times, May 9,
1880.) Elliot Cowdin Lambert, Yale 1886, of the Amoskeag Manufacturing
Co. in New Hampshire, was named after him. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale, 1910-1915, p. 632.) Their daughter, Martha Waldron
Cowdin, married Robert Bacon,
later a partner of J.P. Morgan. Ironically, Bacon died of blood
poisoning after an operation for mastoiditis performed by Dr. Adrian
Van S. Lambert; while his brother, anti-smoker Dr. Alexander Lambert,
Skull & Bones 1884, was in charge of the case. (Col. Robert Bacon
Dies in Hospital. New York Times, May 30, 1919.)
Dr. Samuel Waldron Lambert,
Yale 1880, was
professor of applied therapeutics at Columbia University from 1903 to
1914 and clinical medicine 1914-1919, dean of the faculty of medicine
1904 to 1919 [he was succeeded by Dr. William
Darrach, Wolf's Head 1897], and dean emeritus 1919 to 1942. He was
on the staff of at least 21 hospitals, and a trustee of Roosevelt
Hospital from 1904 to 1919. He was President of the New York Academy of
Medicine from 1927-28 and a trustee 1929-39. He was on the advisory
council of the Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine, and the medical
advisory committee of Yale-in-China. (Obituary Record of Graduates of
Yale University Deceased during the Year 1941-1942, pp 17-18.) Dr.
Samuel Waldron Lambert and Dr. Walter F. Chappell, "as family
physicians of William Rockefeller, filed an affidavit with Chairman
Pujo of the Money Trust Committee "stating that Mr. Rockefeller's
physical condition was such that his life would be endangered by any
effort, strain, or excitement." (Doctors Tell of His Affliction. New
York Times, Jan. 8, 1913.) As president of the New York Academy of
Medicine, he sponsored a "graduate fortnight" on aging, whose
partticipants included Dr. Louis I. Dublin, statistician of the
Metropolitan Life; Dr. George E. Vincent, President of the Rockefeller
Foundation; Dr. Alfred S. Warthin, Professor of Pathology at the
University of Michigan; Dr. Harrison S. Martland, City Hospital,
Newark; Dr. Linsly R. Williams, President of the New York Tuberculosis
and Health Association; Dr. Charles F. Collins, New York City; Dr.
George H. MacKee, Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology,
Postgraduate Medical School; Dr. Howard Fox, Professor of Dermatology,
New York University and Bellevue Hospital; Dr. Leo Buerger, attending
surgeon, Bronx Hospital; Dr. Foster Kennedy, Professor of Clinical
Neurology, Cornell University Medical School; Dr. Edwin G. Zabriskie,
attending physician, Neurological Institute; Dr. Alfred E. Cohn and Dr.
Alexis Carrel, of the Rockefeller Institute; and Dr. E.J.G. Beardsley,
Associate Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College,
Philadelphia. (Doctors in a Congress to Study Ills of Age. New York
Times, Aug. 26, 1928.)
Dr. Samuel W. Lambert was the physician of George Crocker, the youngest son of California railroad magnate Charles Crocker. George Crocker and his wife both died of stomach cancer. Crocker's sister was married to Charles B. Alexander of the Equitable. (Geo. Crocker Dying, A Victim of Cancer. New York Times, Nov. 17, 1909.) Crocker's gifts to Columbia University prior to the George Crocker Special Research Fund were put in the hands of Dr. Lambert, Dr. Joseph A. Blake, Dr. Frank Wood, C.N. Calkins, and Dr. William J. Cies. (Crocker Millions for Cancer Cure. New York Times, Dec. 8, 1909.)
Samuel W. Lambert Jr. was an internist and associate clinical professor of medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, where he received his M.D. in 1923. He graduated from Yale in 1919. He was in charge of the Vanderbilt Clinic at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and was also active in the New York Academy of Medicine, the Euthanasia Society, and the Judson Health Center, and was a trustee of the Taft School. (Samuel W. Lambert Jr. New York Times, May 17, 1977.) His daughter, Sarah Baldwin Lambert, married Charles F. Morgan, Harvard 1950, a partner of Morgan, Stanley & Co., and the son of Henry Sturgis Morgan, and grandson of J. Pierpont Morgan and Charles Francis Adams. (Sarah Baldwin Lambert Is Married. New York Times, Feb. 28, 1960.)
Dr. Adrian Van Sinderin
1893, joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1901, and was a
Clinical Professor of Surgery from 1924 to 1946. He was president of
the American Association for Throacic Surgery in 1939. He had two sons,
Dr. Adrian Lambert [Yale 1930] and Dr. John T. Lambert [Yale 1935].
(Adrian Lambert, Surgeon, 80, Dead. New York Times, Oct. 17, 1952.)
Francis Day Rogers [Scroll & Key 1935, brother of James Gamble Rogers,
S&K 1931, who was at Lord & Thomas on the American Tobacco
account] was an usher at Dr. John T. Lambert's wedding. (Nuptials Are
Held for Miss Richmond. New York Times, Jan. 27, 1952.) His
granddaughter, Mary Robinson Lambert, married Dr. George Alexander
Carden Jr., Yale 1931. (Mary R. Lambert Bride in Garden. New York
Times, Aug. 18, 1940.) She died two years later at the age of 34. (Mrs.
G.A. Carden Jr., A Welfare Worker. New York Times, Apr. 29, 1942.)
Dr. Adrian V.S. Lambert's wife's brother was corporation attorney Lucius F. Robinson Sr., S&B 1885. He was a director of Colts Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, Billings and Spencer Company, Veeder-Root, Inc., The Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Phoenix Insurance Company and the First National Bank of Hartford. (L.F. Robinson Sr., Noted Lawyer, 78. The New York Times, Jun. 12, 1941.) Henry S. Robinson, S&B 1889, and John T. Robinson, S&B 1893, were his brothers. His brothers-in-law were J. Barclay Cooke, S&B 1893 and Walter E. Cooke, S&B 1895. Lucius F. Robinson, S&B 1843, was an uncle, and Arthur L. Shipman, S&B 1886, was a cousin. (Bulletin of Yale University. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1940-1941, pp. 26-27.) Henry Seymour Robinson was vice president of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1905-1918 and president since then. (Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1925-1926, pp. 139-141.) John Trumbull Robinson was a director of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. (Bulletin of Yale University. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1937-1938, pp. 69-70.)Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1940-1941 / Yale University Library (pdf, 290 pp)
William C. Alexander, President; George T. Adee, Vice-Pres., Nat.
Bank of Commerce, New-York; Henry M. Alexander, Alexander & Green;
John Auchincloss, John & Hugh Auchincloss; Benjamin E. Bates,
President National Bank of Commerce, Boston; James M. Beebe, Boston;
Thomas A. Biddle, Thomas A. Biddle & Co., Philadelphia; Robert
Bliss, Bliss & Allen; William T. Blodgett, Wm. Tilden & Nephew;
H.V. Butler, H.V. Butler & Co.;Wayman Crow, Crow, McCreery &
Co., St. Louis; Thomas A. Cummins, Everett House, New-York; Theodore
Cuyler, Philadelphia; Henry Day, Lord, Day & Lord; John J.
Donaldson, Pres. Bank of North America; Dudley S. Gregory, Jersey City,
N.J.; Ashbel Green, President Southern Railroad of New Jersey; Henry H.
Hyde, Sears Building, Boston; James M. Halsted, President American
Fire Insurance Company; S.J. Hawley, No. 140 Pearl-st.; Samuel Holmes,
No. 4 Beekman-st.; Moses A. Hoppock, M.A. Hoppock & Co.; Henry A.
Hurlbut, No. 11 West 20th-st.; Henry B. Hyde, Vice-President; Robert
Lenox Kennedy, Pres. National Bank of Commerce, New-York; George G.
Kellogg, Tefft, Griswold & Kellogg; William G. Lambert, Geo. C.
Richardson & Co.; Edward W. Lambert, M.D., No. 2 East 37th-st.;
Daniel D. Lord, Lord, Day & Lord; James Low, Low, Harriman &
Co.; Peter McMartin, No. 168 5th-av.; Henry G. Marquand, No. 120
Broadway; Charles J. Martin, Pres. Home Insurance Co.; John T. Moore,
Upper Aquebogue, Long Island; George D. Morgan, No. 56 Exchange-place;
Jose F. Navarro, Vice-Pres. Commercial Warehouse Co., Wall-st.; Stephen
H. Phillips, Attorney General, Honolulu, Sandwich Islands; Bennington
F. Randolph, Jersey City, N.J.; John Slade, John Slade & Co.; John
Sloane, W. & J. Sloane; Thomas U. Smith, Pres. Mercantile Loan
& Warehouse Co., N.Y.; John A. Stewart, Pres. U.S. Trust Company;
George H. Stuart, Stuart & Bro., Philadelphia; Henry S. Terbell,
H.S. Terbell & Co.; S.W. Torrey, New-Jersey; Dwight Townsend, No.
65 Wall-st.; Alanson Trask, A. & A.G. Trask; William Walker, No.
117 East 21st-st.; William Whitewright Jr., No. 88 Wall-st.; Benjamin
Williamson, Elizabeth, N.J.; Henry Young, No. 49 Nassau-st., New-York;
Thomas S. Young, T.S. Young & Co. (Display Ad. New York Times, Feb.
12, 1872, p. 8.)
George Townsend Adee was born in Albany in 1804, but lived with his
parents in Beekman Street, New York City. He was employed by his
father's auction firm, Adee & Timpson, which was dissolved about
1850. He was a director of the National Bank of Commerce for 42 years,
and its vice president from 1868 to 1878. At his death, he was also a
director of the United States Trust Company,
the Equitable Life
Assurance Society, and the Republic Fire Insurance Company. (Obituary.
New York Times, Nov. 21, 1884.)
His daughter, Clarissa Townsend Adee, married Maurice Dwight
Collier, Yale 1866, of St. Louis. He was on the board of Counselors of
the Sheffield Scientific School from 1869 to 1881, and was a director
of Washington University, St. Louis. Henry Hitchcock [S&B] 1848 was
his brother-in-law. (MD Collier. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale,
1900-1910, p. 581.)
Collier shared a law office at 45 Pine Street, New York City, with his
brother-in-law George A. Adee. He left $1,000,000 to his widow, with
instructions to carry out his known wishes regarding "the poor, the
orphans, the Kingsley Trust
Association of New Haven [aka Scroll & Key], and Yale
College." She and his brothers-in-law, Ethan A. Hitchcock and
Henry Hitchcock of St. Louis were the
executors. (Collier's Will Is
Found. New York Times, Jan. 16, 1906.) Ethan A. Hitchcock (1835-1909)
was Secretary of the Interior from 1898 to 1907. (Hitchcock, Foe of
Land Frauds, Dead. New York Times, Apr. 10, 1909.) Henry Hitchcock was
"deeply interested in Washington University, St. Louis," for over 40
years, and became a director in 1859 and vice president in 1886.
(H Hitchcock. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 135.)
Hitchcock, Scroll & Key 1931, was the son of George Collier
Hitchcock, S&K 1890, nephew of Henry Hitchcock S&B 1879, and
grandson of Henry Hitchcock S&B 1848. (Obituary Record of Graduates
of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1948-1949, p18.)
George Augustus Adee graduated from Yale in 1867 and Columbia
Law School in 1870. His practioce was devoted "chiefly to the care of
estates," and he was an official of the Yale Athletic Club, Yale Alumni
Association and the University Fund, and the Building Committeee of the
Yale Gymnasium. Augustus Alvey Adee, Yale 1821, Fleet Surgeon
U.S. Navy, was an uncle. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale,
1900-1910, p. 1061.)
His son, Philip Henry Adee, Yale 1873,
was in business with Benjamin
D. Silliman (Yale 1824) from 1877 until Silliman died in 1901. "He
also interested in the oil fields of Mexico." (Obituary Record of Yale
Graduates 1911-1912, pp. 77-78.) Benjamin Douglas Silliman, whose Yale
ancestors go back to 1722, was counsel to the National Bank of Commerce
for over half a century. His younger brother, Frederick William Adee,
also Yale 1873 and a graduate of Columbia Law School, died in 1900.
(FW Adee. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 71.)
Ernest Rufus Adee,
Yale 1885, was a vice president of the Mercantile Trust Company. He
married a daughter of Gen. Louis Fitzgerald.
(ER Adee. Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 370.) Edwin Morgan Adee, Yale 1881,
was a lawyer who never
practiced. (Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1913-1914, pp. 95-96.)
"The biographies of George Augustus Adee and Alvey Augustus Adee
confirm that they both shared common ancestors William and Clara Adee.
George A’s father was George T. and Alvey A’s father was Augustus A.
Both men had the same parents…William and Clara." (Fsn133, AdeeTree2.)
William Adee was one of the founders of the American Exchange Bank.
(American Exchange Bank. New York Spectator, Jul. 26, 1838.) Alvey
Augustus Adey Jr. was in an office of the Secretary of State for 54
years. "He was the man in the State Department to whom were referred
all complex problems relating to foreign intercourse. It was he who
prepared the formal messages that are sent to the heads of other
Government on State occasions, and to him were submitted many questions
having to do with problems of precedence on big official social
occasions in Washington. Mr. Adee was the connecting link between
Administrations and it was through his office that continuity of policy
in the handling of perplexing matters of diplomacy were carried from
one Administration to another." (Alvey A. Adee Dies, Veteran Diplomat.
New York Times, Jul. 6, 1924.) He began his career as an assistant to
Daniel Sickles, who was a prominent client of his criminal-lawyer
uncle, when Sickles was appointed Minister to Spain. Adee was the
chargé d'affaires who arranged for Boss Tweed's capture and
return from Spain. (Alvey Augustus Adee 1842-1924. By Harrison Griswold
Dwight. Dictionary of American Biography Base Set. American Council of
Learned Societies, 1928-1936.) (Augustus Alvey Adee MD, Yale 1821.
Biographical notices of graduates of Yale College : including those
graduated in classes later than 1815, who are not commemorated in the
annual obituary records, 1913, p. 66.) A.A. Adee of Washington was a
groomsman at the wedding of Samuel
Mather to Mrs. John Hay's sister, Flora. (Mather-Stone. Cleveland
Herald, Oct. 20, 1881.) A.A. Adee gave away his niece, Constance
Cleveland Adee, daughter of the late David Graham Adee, at her marriage
to Dr. Walter Tyler of Georgetown. Paymaster G.M. Adee of the U.S. Navy
was his best man. Rev. Dr. Roland Cotton Smith of St. John's Church
performed the ceremony. (A Day's Weddings. New York Times, Dec. 2,
James Waddell Alexander was born in Princeton, N.J. in 1839. "Both
of his parents were Virginians by birth, his mother being of the
well-known Virginia family of Cabell. His father was the Rev. Dr. James
W. Alexander, for many years pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian
Church, in this city, prior to the advent of Dr. John Hall." The Rev.
Dr. Archibald Alexander was his grandfather. His uncle, Dr. Joseph
Addison Alexander, was a professor at Princeton University; his uncle,
Rev. Dr. Samuel Davis Alexander, was pastor of Phillips Memorial Church
in New York; his uncle, Dr. Archibald Alexander, was a physician; and
his uncle, Henry Martyn
Alexander, was the head of Alexander &
Green. He graduated from Princeton in 1860 and joined the law firm of
Cummins, Alexander & Green. He left Alexander & Green to join
the Equitable, of which his uncle, William C. Alexander, was
president, as Secretary 1866, and became Second Vice President in 1871,
President in 1874, and President in 1899. He married Elizabeth Beasley
Williamson, daughter of Chancellor Williamson, in 1864. His son, Henry
Martyn Alexander Jr, graduated from Princeton in 1890, and was
of the law firm of Alexander & Colby. His other son, Frederick
Beasley Alexander, was a freshman at Princeton. (James W. Alexander.
New York Times, May 21, 1899.) Henry Martyn Alexander died in 1899.
New York Times, Sep. 11, 1899.) Henry Martyn Alexander's daughter,
Helen G. Alexander, married Philip Kip Rhineland, a grandson of Dr. Isaac L. Kip. (Miss Rhinelander to
Wed a Banker. New York Times, Sep. 14, 1921.)
John Auchincloss died in Quebec in 1876. Pallbearers were John
Steward, Samuel Sloan, Jacob
D. Vermilye, Benjamin B. Sherman, Thomas A. Cummins, William C.
William B. Bleecker, and Monriff (?) Mitchell. (Funeral of Mr. John
Auchincloss. Jul. 1, 1876.) His wife, Elizabeth [Buck], died in 1902 at
age 86. (New York Times, Oct. 28, 1902.) His father, Hugh Auchincloss,
was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1780, came to America in 1803, and
settled in New York in 1805. "[H]e was known for his sturdy adherence
to the more rigid opinions of those who are designated the Old School
of Presbyterians," and was a treasurer of the Presbytery of New York,
and Director of the Princeton Theological Seminary. (New-York City. New
York Times, Jul. 13, 1855.) His daughter, Sarah Ann Auchincloss, was
Mrs. James Coats
(Died. New York Times, Jun. 14, 1887), and their daughter, Annie
Mackenzie Coats, married George Gordon King
(Married. New York Times, Jun. 18, 1891.) John Auchincloss was the
of Edgar S. Auchincloss
(who was Samuel Sloan's son-in-law) and grandfather of Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, Scroll
& Key 1901, and Alfred Mamwaring Coats, Scroll & Key 1891, of
the thread company, J&P Coats. (Obituary Record of Graduates of
Yale University Deceased during the Year 1942-1943, p. 30.)
Robert Bliss was a partner in several dry goods commission firms,
the last of which was Bliss & Allen. After retiring from it, he
became a vice president of the Bank of New York. He married Parker
Handy's daughter, Susan Maria, in 1861. His father, Rev. Seth Bliss,
was Secretary of the New England branch of the American Tract Society
in Boston. He was a brother of William Root Bliss, also Skull &
Bones 1850. William R. Bliss was connected with the Equitable for
thirty years. He died a few months after his brother. (Obituary Record
of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 546.)
Ashbel Green was the son of James S. Green, a lawyer of Princeton,
N.J., and the grandson of Ashbel Green, D.D. He graduated from
Princeton in 1846, and founded Alexander & Green with Henry M.
Alexander in 1849 or 1850. He was vice president and general counsel of
the West Shore Railroad, and later general counsel of the New York
Central. His brother, Robert S. Green, was the governor of New Jersey;
and his brother, Dr. James S. Green, was the mayor of Elizabeth, N.J.
(Death List of a Day. New York Times, Sep. 5, 1898.) He was a trustee
of the Palatine Insurance Company of Manchester, England. (Notes of
Insurance Interests. New York Times, Sep. 9, 1898.) He was married to
Louisa Buloid Walker, daughter of William Walker. Esq., by Rev. J.W.
Alexander. (Married. New York Times, Nov. 10, 1854.) Ashbel Green was
secretary, Henry M. Alexander was second vice-president, and William
Walker was treasurer of the Demilt Dispensary. (The Demilt
Dispensary. New York Times, Mar. 27, 1855.)
son, William Walker Green, graduated from Yale in 1878 and joined
Alexander & Green in 1886. Another son, Ashbel Green Jr., was a
member of Wolf's
Head 1891. His daughters married Thomas Thacher [S&B] 1870 and
William C. Gulliver [S&B] 1871. (William Walker Green, B.A. 1878.
Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1923-1924, pp. 73-74.) His grandson
was Thomas Day Thacher, Skull
& Bones 1904.
Rev. Dr. Ashbel Green, Princeton 1783, a co-founder of the Princeton
Theological Seminary, was a trustee of Princeton 1790-1812; Chaplain
U.S. House of Representatives 1792-1800; President of the Board of
Trustees from 1812-1822, and a trustee of the Seminary from 1822-1848;
and President of the Board of Trustees of Jefferson Medical College
1826-1848. (Princeton University General Catalogue 1746-1906, pp. 12,
18, 101.) Divie Bethune and Robert Lenox were among the ruling elders.
(Historical Sketch of the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian
Church of the United States. Western Monitor, Feb. 16, 1816.) Ashbel
Green, 1762-1848, was a Royal descendant of Thomas Dudley (1576-1653),
governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (#63 Royal Descents, Notable
Kin, and Printed Sources: Notable Descendants of Governor Thomas Dudley
(RD). By Gary Boyd Roberts.)
James M. Halsted of Halsted, Haines & Co. married Catharine Crane, the daughter of O. Halsted. Rev. J.R. Crane of Middletown, Conn. performed the ceremony. (New-York Spectator, Dec. 23, 1833.) Halsted, Haines & Co. was established in 1804 by William M. Halsted, the father of partner William M. Halsted., and Richard Townley Haines, the grandfather of partner William A. Haines. John K. Myers and J. Edward Bentley were also partners when it suspended in 1884. It was at Nos. 376 and 378 Broadway. (An Old Firm's Suspension. New York Times, Jul. 13, 1884.) James M. Halsted was the father of Charles Stockton Halsted. He left a trust fund in the New York Trust Company for his grandchildren, Catherine Crane Halsted and James Maver Halsted. (Called It Extravagant. New York Times, Dec. 19, 1894.) Catherine Crane Halsted married James Ewing, of the American Society for the Control of Cancer.
William Mills Halsted Jr. was the father of Dr. William Stewart
Halsted, Yale 1874. In 1878, he was appointed house physician to the
newly constructed New York Hospital, where he inaugurated the medical
departnment. "He organized with the aid of Dr. [George Edmund] Munroe
[S&B 1874], Dr. George M. Tuttle [S&B 1877], and others, a new
kind of instruction for medical students by practical methods in the
laboratory, in the dispensary, and at the bedside, to take the place of
the 'cram quizzes' then in vogue." From 1887 to 1889 he worked with Dr.
William H. Welch
[S&B 1870] in the pathological laboratory of Johns Hopkins
University, where he was made director of the surgical department, and
in 1890, surgeon-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and professor
of surgery at JHU. He died in Baltimore in 1922. (Obituary Record of
Yale Graduates 1922-1923, pp. 90-92.) William S. Halsted's sisters were
Bertha, wife of John Taylor Terry [Wolf's Head 1879] and Mrs. Samuel
Oakley Vanderpoel, and
Richard H. Halsted of the New York Stock Exchange was his brother.
Their grandfathers, William H. Halsted and Richard Townley Haines, were
founders of Union Theological Seminary. (Mrs. John T. Terry. New York
Times, Sep. 25, 1930; John Taylor Terry, B.A. 1879. Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1941-1942, pp.
John T. Terry 1879's brother, Rev. Roderick Terry (Scroll & Key
was a member of the council of New York University and Bellevue
Hospital from 1883-1898, and a trustee of Rutgers College from
1886-1908. He married a daughter of Henry
G. Marquand. His daughter was married to Eugene Hale Jr. (S&B
(Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the
Year 1933-1934, p13-14.) Hale was bequeathed $500,000 by his Bones
classmate, William Payne
Whitney, in 1931.
William Mills Halsted's daughter Louise married John Kirtland Myers,
who was later president of the Pacific Mutual Insurance Company. Their
son, Thaddeus Halsted Myers M.D., Scroll & Key 1881, was an
orthopedic surgeon in New York City. (Obituary Record of Yale Graduates
1925-1926, pp. 102-104.)
James Low founded the dry goods house of Low, Harriman with Oliver Harriman, who married
his oldest daughter. After retiring in 1876, he was said to have lost
$4 million in the stock market. His oldest son took over the business,
which became Joseph T. Low & Co. His other son was James T. Low,
Jr. (Death List of a Day. New York Times, May 19, 1898.) Joseph T. Low
was also a director of the Equitable.
Henry Gurdon Marquand was born in New York in 1810, and educated in
Pittsfield, Mass. His ancestors came from the Island of Guernsey. He
was a brother of Frederick Marquand, whose estate he was put in charge
of. He funded construction of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad
and was its president. He was a major benefactor of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. His children were Allan Marquand, Professor of Art at
Princeton University; Henry Marquand, Mrs. Roderick Terry [S&K
1870], Mrs. Henry Galbraith Ward, and Mrs. Harold Godwin. (Henry G.
Marquand Dead. New York Times, Feb. 27, 1902.) He gave $1000 during the
founding of Memorial Hospital. (The New-York
Cancer Hospital. New York Times, May 18, 1884.)
George Denison Morgan was born in Hartford, Conn. He came to New
York in 1847 and formed a banking firm with his cousin, former Gov.
Edwin D. Morgan, John T. Terry, and Solon Humphries, under the name
E.D. Morgan & Co. (Obituary. New York Times, Jun. 14, 1891.)
John Sloane was the head of W. & J. Sloane. He was born in
Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1834, and came to New York with his father in
1853. He was a director of the American Surety Company, the Equitable
Life, Bigelow Carpet Company, East River Gas Company, Fifth Avenue Safe
Deposit Company, the Hudson Trust, Indianapolis Gas Company, the
Manhattan Company, the Morton Trust, the New Amsterdam Gas Company, the
Ohio and Indiana Comsolidated Natural and Illuminating Gas Co., the
Provident Loan Society, and the Second National Bank. He was the
brother of William D. Sloane and Henry T. Sloane. (John Sloane Dead.
New York Times, Dec. 10, 1905.) He left an estate of more than
$1,000,000. He was a brother of William D. Sloane, who married Emily
Vanderbilt. His wife was the former Adela Berry, and they had two sons,
John and William Sloane.
(Mrs. Adela Sloane Dead. New York Times, May 15, 1911.) She left her
estate, Wyndhurst, to Evelyn Sloane, Mrs. William E.S. Griswold;
her house on Fifth Avenue to John Jr.; and $400,000 to William Sloane.
(Will of Adela B. Sloane. New York Times, Jun. 8, 1911.)
His father, William Sloane, was born
in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1810, and came to New York in 1834. He was
employed by Thompson & Co. in the carpet business for 19 years,
then started his own business. His brother joined him, and it became W.
& J. Sloane. After John Sloane retired, William and his four sons -
John, William D., Henry
T., Thomas C. and Walter W. Law - continued it. His daughter was Mrs. [Edmund] Coffin. He was also a
director of the Bigelow Carpet Company, and Alexander Smith & Sons
Carpet Company. (Death of Mr. William Sloane. New York Times, May 24,
1879.) He left bequests to various religious organizations, mainly
connected with the Presbyterian Church, including $30,000 each to the
Board of Foreign Missions and Board of Domestic Missions. (A Generous
Merchant. New York Times, Jun. 5, 1879.) He had two other brothers,
James and Andrew, besides John; a sister, Jane H. Wray; and a
sister-in-law in Scotland, Margaret Bardeur. A son, David Sloane, was
deceased. Eliza T. Sloane was a niece. (Miscellaneous City News. New
York Times, Jun. 28, 1879.)
John Sloane, the other founder of W. & J. Sloane, was born in Kilmarnie, Scotland, in 1818, and came to New York in 1841. He retired after 28 years at the company, but after a few years of retirement in Stamford, Conn., he returned to New York and founded the Dolphin Carpet Manufacturing Company and was president for fifteen years. He retired about two years before his death. He had a son and a daughter. (Obituary. New York Times, Mar. 4, 1891.) John Sloane, formerly of Kilmamock, Scotland, died Thompsonville, Conn., in his 83rd year. (Died. New York Times, May 8, 1864.) Eliza T. Sloane, wife of John Sloane, died in 1887. (Died. New York Times, Jun. 14, 1887.)
Samuel Whittemore Torrey was one of the sons of William Torrey. The
father and sons built, owned and operated a part of the New Jersey
Southern Railroad, later part of the New Jersey Central. He was a
director of the Equitable for twenty years. Mrs. Samuel W. Torrey, was
the daughter of George Coggill, an Englishman who operated a fleet of
ships in foreign trade. One of his daughters was Mrs. Hart Lyman.
(Death List of a Day. New York Times, Feb. 8, 1903.) Samuel W. Torrey
and his brother, William A. Torrey, sold locomotives to Russia on
commission. (Furnishing Locomotives to Russia. New York Times, Oct. 23,
1877.) William A. Torrey was the junior partner of E.D. Hammond &
Company. (Obituary Notes. New York Times, Oct. 30, 1910.) William
Torrey was a brother of Prof. John Torrey, the chemist and botanist of
Columbia College. He died at age 98. (Obituary. New York Times, Jun.
His son-in-law, Hart Lyman, Scroll & Key 1873, joined the New
York Tribune in 1876, and was editor-in-chief from 1905 to 1913. His
brothers, Frederick W. Lyman and George R. Lyman, ex-1867, lived in
Minneapolis, Minn. They were cousins of Dickinson W. Richards, et al.
One of his daughters was Mrs. Rowland Stebbins, and Rowland Stebbins
Jr., Scroll & Key 1931, was a grandson. His son, Huntington Lyman,
was a member of Wolf's Head 1916. He became a member of the New York
Stock Exchange the same year he graduated, and was a member of its
governing committee at the time of his death. Mrs. Huntington Lyman was
a daughter of Henry Barstow Platt [S&B] 1882. (Obituary Record of
Yale Graduates 1927-1928, pp. 53 and 187.)
Alanson Trask was born in Salem, Mass., in 1808. He was one of the
founders of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He retired from
business around 1867 and purchased Ooweening, a farm near Saratoga
Springs, but continued to ride the train into New York for the director
meetings in his nineties. He married Sarah Elizabeth Marquand, daughter
of Isaac Marquand (Married. New York Spectator, Oct. 7, 1833), the only
sister of Henry G. and Frederick Marquand. Their children were Spencer
Trask, the banker; Mrs. [Dr. De Witt Clinton] Enos; and Mrs. Rev.
William A. Holliday. (Death of Alanson Trask. New York Times, Aug. 3,
1902.) He and a brother were shoe manufacturers, with factories in New
England which sent their product to New York City. The Trasks are
descended from Capt. William Trask, a Puritan, who sailed on the ship
Abigail in 1628, and founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony at Salem,
Mass. (Death of Alanson Trask. Brooklyn Eagle, Aug. 2, 1902.) He was a
longtime director of the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn. (Brooklyn
Eagle, Jun. 1, 1859 and May 21, 1867.)
His brother, Asa G. Trask, was Alanson Trask's partner in A. &
A.G. Trask & Co., the largest wholesale shoe dealers in New York
before the Civil War. He was born in Salem, Mass. in 1811. He was
survived by two sons in Chicago and one in New York Cuty. (Death List
of a Day. New York Times, Jan. 31, 1897.) He married Hetty C. Marquand,
a daughter of Isaac Marquand. (Died. New York Times, Mar. 12, 1891.) He
was a director of the Shoe and Leather Bank. (Bank Notices. New York
Times, Apr. 7, 1855, and Apr. 10, 1858.)
Spencer Trask (1844-1910) was born in
Brooklyn, and graduated from Princeton in 1866. He founded the banking
house of Spencer Trask around 1869, which was also called Trask &
Stone and Trask & Francis, until becoming Spencer Trask & Co.
in 1881. "Mr. Trask was a warm admirer of Thomas A. Edison and, in the
early days of Mr. Edison's inventions, was one of his strongest
backers. He was President of the Edison Light and Power System from the
time of its inception and was a large stockholder in many of the Edison
companies throughout the country." In 1896, he reorganized the New York Times Company
and was its first president. He married Katrina Nichols,
daughter of George L. Nichols, in 1874. (Mr. Trask Notable in Varied
Fields. New York Times, Jan. 1, 1910.) Spencer Trask was one of the
incorporators of the American National Red
Cross. (Jan. 5, 1905, ch. 23, Sec.
1, 33 Stat. 599. Title 36 Patriotic Societies and Observances, Chapter
1, American National Red Cross.) He left his estate in trust, at
the request of his wife. The executors were Mrs. Trask; his former
George Foster Peabody; and his
brother-in-law, George L. Nichols [Jr.].
(Spencer Trask Left His Estate in Trust. New York Times, Jan. 21, 1910.)
George Livingston Nichols Sr. was a
member of T.B. Coddington & Co., metal importers, since 1854, and
was its senior partner. He was a vice president and a director of the
Phoenix Bank. (George Livingstone Nichols. Brooklyn Eagle, Mar. 28,
1892.) George L. Nichols Jr. was born
in Brooklyn and graduated from Williams College in 1881. "Within a few
years he was a partner of Masten & Nichols, which at the time of
his death had become Milbank,
Tweed, Hope & Webb. (George L. Nichols, Lawyer, Dies At 71. New
York Times, Mar. 5, 1932.) He was a director of the Barney Estate Company (To
Barney Estate. New York Times, Nov. 22, 1907), and of the Milbank Memorial Fund
(Anderson Riches Willed to Charity. New York Times, Mar. 9, 1921.) He
married Mary Chickering, daughter of piano manufacturer George H.
Chickering. Her first husband, Capt. Fitz Herbert Ruxton, was an Irish
Army officer. Children of her first marriage were William V.C. Ruxton
and Mrs. Adolph Boissevain, and of her second, Mrs. Kerr Rainsford.
(Mrs. G.L. Nichols Dead in Katonah. New York Times, Apr. 14, 1933.) Her
granddaughter, Dorothy Vernon Ruxton, married Charles A. Wight Jr., Scroll
& Key 1953. (Dorothy Ruxton Ensign's Fiancee. New York Times, Mar.
Another son, Acosta Nichols, graduated
from Williams College in 1893. He was a member of Spencer Trask &
Co. since 1894, and a director of the Mercantile Properties Co., the
Mexican Coal and Coke Co., the Broadway Realty Co., the West Boylston
Manufacturing Co., the Towne Securities Co. and Town Mines Inc., and
Wickwire Spencer Steel. Co. He was a trustee of the American University
in Beirut, the Society for Improving the Condition of the Poor, the
Long Island Biological Institute, and the Nassau Hospital Association.
(Acosta Nichols, Stockbroker, 72. New York Times, Feb. 9, 1945.) He was
president of the Spencer Trask Fund, an investment trust, with common
stock holdings in Colgate-Palmolive-Peet and General Elecric, among
others. (Trust in First Year Has $652,191. New York Times, Apr. 17,
1930.) He was an usher at the wedding of Robert G. Mead Jr. to Elsie
Cleveland (The Weddings of a Day. New York Times, Nov. 10, 1898), and
of Charles Dexter Cleveland to Frances E. Homans (A Day's Weddings. New
York Times, Nov. 30, 1899.)
Mrs. Trask married George Foster Peabody in 1921. He was born in
Columbus, Ga. in 1852. He came to New York [with his parents, George
Henry and Elvira Canfield Peabody]. He was a clerk in a wholesale goods
company until 1880, when he became associated with Spencer Trask. He
was an officer and director of the General Electric Company, the Edison
Electric Illuminating Company, the Morton Trust and several railroads.
In 1904, he was treasurer of the Democratic Narional Committee, and in
1906 he was treasurer of the General Education Board. He was a
supporter of Woodrow Wilson, who made him a director and vice chairman
of the Federal Reserve Board; Alfred E. Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who rehabilitated
himself at Peabody's property at Warm Springs, Ga., after his bout with
polio. He adopted Mrs. Waite, a widow, who was executive secretary of
the Katrina Trask Alliance, as his daughter. (G.F. Peabody Dead;
Philanthropist, 82. New York Times, Mar. 5, 1938.) He was a director of
the State Trust Company, and made loans to his brother, R.C. Peabody.
The State Trust was controlled by a syndicate including R.A.C. Smith and William C. Whitney, which was merged into the
Morton Trust. (Easy for State Trust Directors to Get Millions in Loans.
New York World, Jan. 19, 1900.)
His brother, Charles Jones Peabody, was also with Spencer Trask
& Co. until 1923. He lived in Albany, N.Y. from 1880 to 1895. He
was a trustee of the Brooklyn Savings Bank, a director of the Franklin
Trust and the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; vice president
of International Combustion Engineering Corp., member of the executive
committee of the American Beet Sugar Co., and a director of several
Mexican corporations. (Charles J. Peabody Dies in Brooklyn. New York
Times, Feb. 25, 1924.)
Board of Directors: Henry B. Hyde, George D. Morgan, George T. Adee,
Henry A. Hurlbut, Henry F. Spaulding, William H. Fogg, William A.
Wheelock, Parker Handy, William G. Lambert, Henry G. Marquand, James W.
Alexander, Henry S. Terbell, Thomas S. Young, John D. Jones, Thomas A.
Cummins, Robert Bliss, Daniel D. Lord, Horace Porter, Edward W.
Lambert, Bennington F. Randolph, Alanson Trask, John Sloane, Ashbel
Green, Henry V. Butler, George H. Stuart, William Whitewright Jr., John
A. Stewart, James M. Halsted, Chauncey M. Depew, Benjamin Williamson,
Henry M. Alexander, William Walker, Henry Day, Joseph Seligman, E.
Boudinot Colt, Thomas A. Biddle, George W. Carleton, George G. Kellogg,
Samuel Borrowe, Robert Lenox Kennedy, José F. Navarro, John J.
McCook, Stephen H. Phillips, Samuel W. Torrey, Samuel Holmes, Theodore
Weston, Alexander P. Irvin, T. DeWitt Cuyler, Louis Fitzgerald, William
M. Bliss, Charles G. Landon, and William Alexander. (Display Ad. The
Congregationalist, Feb. 11, 1880.) Seligman left, Samuel G. Goodrich
joined. (Display Ad. New York Tribune, Jan. 27, 1881.)
Henry Martyn Alexander Jr. was the son of President James Waddell
Alexander. He married Helen Manice, daughter of William De Forest
Manice, Yale 1851. (Marriages. New York Times, Dec. 6,
Death List of a Day. New York Times, Sep. 8, 1903.) He was a director
of the Equitable Life Assurance Society from 1935 to 1951. He graduated
from Princeton in 1890, graduated from Columbia Law School, and was a
law partner with Bainbridge Colby in Alexander & Colby, then with
Joseph A. Keenan from 1908. He had a son, De Forest M. Alexander and a
daughter, Mrs. Helen G. Rhinelander; and a brother Frederick B.
Alexander of Los Angeles. (Henry M. Alexander. New York Times, Apr. 17,
William DeF. Manice, Yale 1851, studied law in Germany and practiced in New York City. He was the older brother of Edward Augustus Manice, Yale 1858. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 318.) Her sisters married Charles Henry Mellon and E. Hayward Ferry.Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 318 / Google Books
William Alexander, Secretary of the Equitable, married Frances
Gordon Paddock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin A. Paddock. His
cousin, Dr. Samuel Alexander, was best man, and the ushers were
Percival Lowell of Boston, E. Austin Oothout, Franklin Paddock, Ernest
J. Wendell, Samuel Sherwood, and cousin Henry M. Alexander. (Three
Happy Couples. New York Times, Nov. 11, 1887.) She was on the Board of
Governors of the Woman's Hospital as well. (Woman's Hospital to Move.
New York Times, Dec. 19, 1897.)
Louis Fitzgerald rose from the rank of sargeant to lieutenant
colonel during the Civil War, then made a career in the New York
where he became a brigadier general in 1882. He resigned as head of the
Mercantile Trust during the Armstrong insurance investigations, where
he was wanted as a witness. "He avoided subpoena servers even to the
extent of absenting himself from the funeral of his son, who was killed
by a Long Island Railroad train in November, 1906." (Gen. L. Fitzgerald
Dead. New York Times, Oct. 7, 1908.) Mrs. Fitzgerald was a daughter of
William S. Verplanck of Fishkill. (Obituary. New York Times, Dec. 24,
Their daughter, Geraldine Fitzgerald, married Ernest R. Adee. Ushers included Edward de
Peyster Livingston, W.B. Coster, Ambrose Henry, Marion Story, Wyllys
Terry, and Lous Fitzgerald, her brother. (A Day's Weddings. New York
Times, Nov. 25, 1896.) He was a vice president of the Mercantile Trust.
She was chairman of the New York Committe for the National Cathedral
and of the Republican Committee of Orange County. (Mrs. Ernest Adee,
Civic Leader, Dies. New York Times, May 6, 1956.)
Their daughter, Adelaide Fitzgerald, married Eugene Sugny Reynal.
They were both in the hospital with scarlet fever, and the nurses and
doctors were their witnesses.
(Married Beside the Bridegroom's Sick Bed. New York Times, Mar. 17,
1901.) His mother [a daughter of Elias
S. Higgins] was an heiress to a carpet manufacturing fortune. (Mrs.
Jules Reynal's Death. New York Times, May 3, 1901.) Mrs. Eugene S.
Reynal and Mrs. Nathaniel C. Reynal were benefactors of the New York
City Cancer Committee benefit for the American
Society for the Control of Cancer. (Two Fetes in the Offing. New
York Times, Oct. 20, 1929.) Their son was Eugene S.R. Reynal, the New
York publisher [Reynal and Hitchcock, e.g. The Little Prince]. (Eugene S.
Reynal, Former Polo Player. New York Times, Jan. 1, 1940.)
Their daughter, Eleanor Fitzgerald, married Harold FitzGerald.
(Married. New York Times, Oct. 6, 1903.) He was born in Brookline,
Mass. His parents were Desmond FitzGerald, a civil engineer, and
Elizabeth Salisbury. He graduated from Harvard in 1900, and was a note
broker at W.O. Gay & Co., then a partner of the importing firm,
C.A. Van Rensselaer & Co. During World War I he was on the
President's Coal Commission and a lieutenant in the Army Motor
Transport Corps. After the war, he was partner in the New York Stock
Exchange firm of Potter Bros. & Co. and its successors, Potter
& Co. and Munds, Winslow & Potter until 1938. Their son was
Desmond FitzGerald. Harold FitzGerald's sister was Mrs. Charles A. Van
(Harold FitzGerald, Long a Stockbroker. New York Times, Dec. 9, 1948.)
The first Mrs. FitzGerald died in 1913. (Died. New York Times, Jul. 27,
1913.) He remarried to Helen Johnson Bolton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Otis Johnson of Washington, D.C., and widow of Harlan K. Bolton of Lake
Forest, Ill. (Mrs. Bolton Is Engaged. New York Times, Jun. 17, 1924.)
She had been the private secretary of Mrs. Philander C. Knox while Mr.
Knox was U.S. Attorney General. (Social and Personal. Washington Post,
Mar. 26, 1905.) Mrs. Knox continued to visit her in Chicago. (Social
Gossip of the Day. Washington Times, Jun. 10, 1905.)
Desmond FitzGerald [2d] married
Mary E. Peabody, daughter of Bishop Malcolm Endicott Peabody of Utica,
N.Y. Charles Francis Adams Jr. of Boston was best man. Ushers were
Albert Francke, George Lee Peabody, Potter Palmer 3d of Chicago, A.
Holmes Crimmins and Alfred C. Harrison of New York, Charles Stockton,
Ephron Catlin and Thomas Whiteside of Boston, William Patten of Lenox,
and Amos Eno of Princeton, N.J. He graduated from Harvard in 1932, and
was with the law firm of Spence, Windels, Walser, Hotchkiss
& Angell of 40 Wall Street. (Mary E. Peabody Bride in Maine. New
York Times,Sep. 3, 1939.) They were divorced, and she was later known
as Marietta Tree. He was a liaison officer with Chinese forces during
World War II, and in 1951 became an officer of the C.I.A., of which he
became deputy director. (Desmond FitzGerald Dies at 57; Was a Deputy
Director of C.I.A. New York Times, Jul. 24, 1967.) An article in
Esquire identified him as the man in charge of espionage activities
abroad. (Saltonstall Denies 'Clandestine' Links of C.I.A. and School.
New York Times, Apr. 19, 1966.)
Desmond FitzGerald 2d's sister, Eleanor, and her cousin, Charles A.
Van Rensselaer Jr. and his wife, did fundraising for the American Society for the Control of Cancer.
(Ball to Help Medical Work. New York Times, Feb. 27, 1927.) Eleanor
married Albert Francke Jr.,
Yale 1924. His best man was Archibald
Douglas Jr. Her cousin, Adele Reynal, was one of the bridesmaids.
(Miss Fitz Gerald Is Wed in Church. New York Times, Jun. 17, 1931.)
Albert Franke Jr. was a vice president of Chemical
Bank and a consultant to Ernst & Ernst. (Obituary: Albert
Francke Jr. Alumni Horae. St. Paul School, 1985 Autumn;65(3):144.) His
father, Albert Francke, was a member of the New York Stock Exchange
from 1902 to 1927, and a member of its board of governors from 1910 to
1913. He was a member of Carlisle & Jacquelin, at 120 Broadway. He
was born in London, England in 1870. His father was Jonas Robert
Francke, a Swedish consul in Havana, Cuba and founder of Francke Hijos,
sugar merchants. (Albert Francke, On Stock Exchange. New York Times,
Mar. 16, 1945.) The senior Francke graduated from Yale in 1891, and had
four brothers who also graduated from Yale. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale University, 1944-1945, p. 248.)
Albert Francke 3d, a partner in the law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle of New York, put together the Fidelity Dollar Savings Trust of Bermuda, managed by a Bermuda subsidiary of the Fidelity Management and Research Company of Boston. The fund was "scouting for well-heeled foreign interest in the Middle East and Asia." (Offshore Money Fund for Foreigners. New York Times, Sep. 14, 1975.) He "retired as a partner in the law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle; he worked in its New York and London offices and was the firm's chairman from 1987 to 1991. He graduated from Yale and received his law degree from Stanford." (Wedding Celebrations. New York Times, Feb. 18, 2007.) He was an usher at his sister's marriage to Frederic G. Cammann, Harvard 1951. (Nora Fitzgerald Francke Is Wed to Frederic Gallatin Cammann. New York Times, Jul. 8, 1956.) Mrs. Cammann headed the Junior Dance Committee for the Memorial Cancer Center benefit and other events. (Fete May 23 to Aid Cancer Center. New York Times, May 5, 1957; Kettering Cancer Unit Will Benefit Monday. New York Times, May 12, 1961.)
The elder Desmond FitzGerald was born in Nassau, the Bahamas and
came to Providence, R.I., when he was a child. He was educated at
Phillips Academy, Andover. He was the first superintendent of the
Boston water-works, and designed its reservoirs. He was a consultant on
the water systems of Washington, D.C., New York City, and Manila as
well. At one
time he was Deputy Secretary of State of Rhode Island under Gov.
Bartlett. (Desmond FitzGerald, Engineer, Dies at 81. New York Times,
Sep. 23, 1926.) He was a nephew of Sophia Augusta Brown, widow of John
Carter Brown, who left him half the land in her mother's estate in
Providence, and $25,000. Mrs. William Watts Sherman
was a cousin. (Willed Heirlooms to Wealthiest Boy. New York Times, Mar.
13, 1909.) His mother, Sarah Caroline Brown, was a daughter of Patrick
Brown, President of Her Majesty's Honorable Council of the Bahama
Islands. (Married. New York Spectator, Mar. 7, 1839.) His grandmother,
Harriet Thayer, was a descendant of Roger Williams, founder of the
Rhode Island Colony. (Americans of Royal Descent, p. 513.)
Desmond FitzGerald married Elizabeth P., daughter of Stephen
Salisbury, M.D. (Marriages. The Congregationalist and Boston Recorder,
Jun. 30, 1870.) Dr. Salisbury was born in Boston in 1812, and graduated
from Harvard in 1832. (In Memoriam. Boston Daily Advertiser, Sep. 23,
1875.) Mrs. FitzGerald's sister, Annie G. Salisbury, married Theodore
S. Woolsey [Skull & Bones 1872], son of ex-President Woolsey.
(Marriages. The Congregationalist, Jan. 2, 1878.) Woolsey was professor
of international law at Yale from 1878-1911, and professor emeritus
since then. Edward E. Salisbury, Yale 1832, was an uncle. (Obituary
Record of Graduates of Yale University, 1928-1929, p. 47 / 48.) Mrs.
Desmond FitzGerald was a fixture of Palm Beach Society,
dining with the likes of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Guest, Mr. and Mrs.
Stephen Sanford, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Pulitzer, Melissa Yuille, and the
Duke of Marlborough. (Lord Carnarvon Host in Florida. New York Times,
Feb. 16, 1936.) While attending school in Paris in 1857-58, Desmond
FitzGerald visited his Thayer relatives, who were friends of Napoleon
III. (Family Notes. By Desmond FitzGerald, 1911, p. 25/72.)
Their other son, Stephen Salisbury FitzGerald, married Agnes Blake,
only daughter of Francis Blake of Brookline, Mass., co-inventor of the
telephone transmitter, at Ampersand, N.Y.
Charlotte H. Young and Janet Fish were in their party. They made a camp
on the shore of Lake Saranac for their honeymoon. A
few miles away at the Saranac Inn was a group that included included
Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Young, Mrs.
J.H. Goss, George Milton Smith and
Herbert Gallaudet. (The Ampersand. New York Tribune, Sep. 16, 1906.)
Stephen S. FitzGerald was elected a director of the Brookline Trust
Company. (Heard on the Street. Boston Evening Globe, Nov. 3, 1915.)
John D. Jones was president of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company
for over forty years. He was born in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. in 1814.
He began his career as a clerk in the Merchants' Marine Insurance
Company, and then at the Atlantic Insurance Company. He left to be an
independent adjuster for a few years, but returned as Secretary after
the Arlantic was mutualized. He was elected president in 1855. His wife
was a daughter of Gen. Henry Floyd-Jones. (Obituary Record. New York
Times, Sep. 24, 1895.) He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Metropolitan Throat Hospital. (Metropolitan Throat Hospital. New York
Times, Jan. 23, 1881.) His nephew, Edward H. Floyd-Jones, Scroll &
Key 1892, continued as president of the Throat Hospital. (Obituary
Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year
1930-1931, pp. 112-113.)
John J. McCook was born in Carrollton, Ohio, in 1845, and enlisted
in the Union Army at 16. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1866, then
entered Harvard Law School. He was a representative of the New York
Loan and Improvement Company and José de Navarro, and a director
and counsel for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. He joined
Alexander & Green in 1893, and was senior partner at his death. He
was also a director of the American Surety Company, the International
Banking Corporation, and Wells Fargo Company. He married Charles B.
Alexander's sister, Jeanette. (Col. John J. McCook, the Lawyer, Dead.
New York Times, Sep. 18, 1911.) He was also a trustee of
Princeton University. At the commencement of the Princeton Theological
Seminary in 1900, on behalf of the Board of Directors, he warned
graduates not to criticize the Presbyterian creed, following which his
his brother-in-law, Rev. Maitland Alexander of Pittsburgh, announced
the award of fellowships and prizes. (Princeton Seminary. New York
Times, May 9, 1900.) His daughter,
Caroline Alexander McCook, married John Junius Morgan, a graduate of
Eton and Cambridge who lived in England. Morgan's father, Dr. John B.
Morgan, was rector of the American Church of the Trinity in Paris, and
his mother was Juliet B. Morgan, a sister of J. Pierpont Morgan. (Miss
Caroline McCook to Wed. New York Times, Sep. 12, 1908; Autumn Weddings
and Engagements. New York Times, Sep. 24, 1908; Morgan-McCook Wedding.
New York Times, Oct. 7, 1908.) Another daughter, Susan Alexander
McCook, married Peter A. Jay, Harvard 1900, First Secretary of the
American Legation in Tokyo, Japan. "He has also traveled extensively in
Arabia and Persia, and is deeply interested in the Pan-Islamic
movement." The ushers were Nicholas Biddle, John Saltonstall, Charles
D. Draper, Duncan Harris, Cyril Hatch, Robert Livermore, William
Phillips, Bayard Cutting, Moncure Robinson, Malcolm D. Whitman, and
Andrew R. Sargeant. (Peter A. Jay Weds Miss Susan M'Cook. New York
Times, Mar. 17, 1909.)
William Almy Wheelock graduated from New York University in 1843. He
was president of
the Equitable and the Central National Bank, and treasurer and
president of the council
of New York University. His ancestor, Rev. Ralph Wheelock (B.A. and
M.A. Cambridge) came from England in 1638 and founded the town of
Medfield, Mass. His son, William Efner Wheelock, was born in
Manchester, England, and graduated from Yale in
1873. He received his MD at Columbia in 1876. He was an assistant
medical examiner at the Equitable and attending physician at the Demilt
Dispensary until 1883, when he switched to law, and then botany.
William E. Wheelock's sister married George A. Strong, [S&B] 1871.
(Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1925-1926, p.
67.) William A. Wheelock was a member of the governing body of N.Y.U.
when New York University Medical College was formed from the merger of
New York Medical College and Bellevue Hospital Medical College.
(Medical Colleges Unite. New York Times, May 15, 1897.) William A.
Wheelock was a member
of "a combination of capitalists and promoters of new industrial
enterprises and trusts," associated with William C. Whitney and R.A.C. Smith.
(Loans of State Trust Company. New York Times, Jan. 14, 1900.)
Theodore Weston was the civil engineer in charge of the Croton
Aqueduct and other water and sewer projects in New York City and
Brooklyn. "[I]n 1870 he ended this connection to become architect,
engineer, superintendent and trustee of the Equitable Life Assurance
Society," and constructed and managed its two buildings in Boston and
New York City. He was the architect of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His first wife was the daughter of Francis Bayard Winthrop, Yale 1804,
and Elizabeth Woolsey, the sister of Theodore D. Woolsey, the President
of Yale. Theodore Weston's second wife was Catherine Boudinot Stimson,
a sister of Dr. Lewis
Atterbury Stimson, Yale 1863. (Obituary Record of the Graduates,
Yale University 1915-20, p. 838.) His minor
son, Theodore W. Weston, owned land in John M. Woolsey's subdivision in
the original allotment in the village of Cleveland, Ohio, which he
sold. (Guardian's Sale. Daily Cleveland Herald, Sep. 15, 1866.) He went
broke speculating in real estate, and assigned his property to a
business partner, Henry J. Davison. (Failures. Boston Daily Advertiser,
Dec. 6, 1882.)
His son, Theodore Winthrop Weston, Yale 1885, was involved in real
estate in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Obituary Record of the Graduates, Yale
University 1915-20, p. 1435.) His son, Frederick Willoughby Weston,
was associated with the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia until
1927. His sister married William F. Dominick, Yale 1898. (Obituary
Record of Yale Graduates 1926-1927, p. 178.)
The Winthrops are Royal descendants of Edward III, King of England.
(Francis Bayard Winthrop, 1804. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates
of Yale College, Vol. V, September 1792 - September, 1805, p. 730;
Americans of Royal Descent, p. 400.)
Board of Directors: Henry B. Hyde, President; J.W. Alexander, John
A. Stewart, Louis Fitzgerald, John D. Jones, Henry A. Hurlbut, R.L.
Kennedy, H.G. Marquand, Eugene Kelly, W.A. Wheelock, Cornelius N.
Bliss, Henry Day, George C. Magoun, Marcellus Hartley, William B.
Kendall, John Sloane, Samuel Borrowe, H.M. Alexander, B. Williamson,
Chauncey M. Depew, William Walker, Charles G. Landon, G.W. Carleton,
Henry S. Terbell, E.W. Lambert, Thomas S. Young, B.F. Randolph, Robert
Bliss, J.F. de Navarro, Daniel D. Lord, J.J. McCook, James M. Halsted,
W. Whitewright, Horace Porter, Alanson Trask, Geo. de F. L. Day, E.B.
Colt, W. Alexander, William M. Bliss, Parker Handy, C.B. Alexander,
Edward W. Scott, of New York; Oliver Ames, Eustace C. Fitz, S.H.
Phillips, of Boston; H.R. Wolcott, of Denver; Thomas A. Biddle, George
H. Stuart, T. de Witt Cuyler, of Philadelphia; A Van Bergen, of Paris;
H.J. Fairchild, of Manchester, England; Gustav G. Pohl, of Hamburg.
(Display Ad 9. New York Times, Feb. 13, 1886, p. 8.) Whitewright and
Walker left; Levi P. Morton and Charles S. Smith joined. (Display Ad.
New York Times, Feb. 24, 1887.)
Charles B. Alexander was the attorney for Julien T. Davies, the
assignee and receiver in the Marine Bank failure that was caused by the
failure of Grant & Ward, the firm of former President Ulysses S.
Grant. (More of Ward's Rascality. New York Times, May 11, 1884.) He was
the attorney for the Equitable during the Tontine investigation. (The
Tontine System Investigation. New York Times, Apr. 2, 1885.) He married
Hattie Crocker, the daughter of railroad magnate Charles
Crocker, of San Francisco. Henry A. Alexander, his brother, was best
man. The ushers were Harry Tevis, E.H. Sheldon, Frank Carolan, Charles
W. Crocker, Henry J. Crocker, H.B. McDowell, E.W. Greenaway, and Osgood
[Leland] Stanford was one of the first to
extend his congratulations."
(Hattie Crocker Married. New York Times, Apr. 27, 1887.) Mrs. Alexander
was on the Board of Supervisors of the New-York Orthopaedic Dispensary
and Hospital, where Dr. T. Halsted Myers was one of the physicians.
(Orthopaedic Hospital's Work. New York Times, Dec. 7, 1894.) Charles B.
Alexander, class of 1870, replaced his deceased father, Henry M.
Alexander, as a Trustee of Princeton University. His wife gave
Alexander Hall to the university. (Elected A Trustee of Princeton. New
York Times, Oct. 21, 1899.) George Crocker, the youngest son of Charles
Crocker, left a fund of about $1.5 million called the "'George Crocker
Special Research Fund,' the income from which is to be applied in the
prosecution of researches as to the cause, prevention, and cure of
cancer,'" to the Trustees of Columbia University. His previous gifts to
Columbia were put in the hands of Dr. [Samuel W.] Lambert, Dr. Joseph
A. Blake, Dr. Frank Wood, C.N. Calkins, and Dr. William J. Cies. John Hays Hammond was the
executor of Crocker's will. (Crocker Millions for Cancer Cure. New York
Times, Dec. 8, 1909.) Charles B. Alexander
was a guest at Thomas F. Ryan's
tobacco summit dinner in 1916. (Thomas F. Ryan Is Host. New York Times,
Feb. 18, 1916.) In 1917, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee of
the Democratic State Committee and Vice Chairman of the National
Democratic Club. (Democrats At Luncheon. New York Times, Mar. 4, 1917.)
His oldest daughter, Harriet, married Winthrop W. Aldrich, a
brother-in-law of John D. Rockefeller Jr. (Miss Alexander to Wed W.W.
Aldrich. New York Times, Sep. 2, 1916.) Mary Crocker Alexander married
Sheldon Whitehouse, Yale 1905, who was a private secretary to Whitelaw
Reid when he was Ambassador to England. He also held diplomatic posts
at Caracas, Paris, Constantinople, Greece, Petrograd and Stockholm.
(Mary C. Alexander Weds S. Whitehouse. New York Times, Oct. 15, 1920.)
In 1896, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander attended the coronation of Czar
Nicholas II in Moscow with his sister and her husband, Gen. John J.
McCook, who represented the U.S. Government at the ceremonies. Charles
Beatty Alexander was the grandson of Rev. Dr. Archibald Alexander,
founder and member of the first theological faculty of the Princeton
Theological Seminary. They were lifelong members of the Fifth Avenue
Presbyterian Church. (Mrs. Alexander Dies in Paris Home. New York
Times, Jul. 17, 1935.)
Rev. Maitland Alexander was another brother. He married Madeleine
Laughlin of Pittsburgh, "a sharer of the hugh fortune of the Joneses
and Laughlins, pioneer steel manufacturers of western Pennsylvania. Her
father, Alexander Laughlin, Jr., left her nearly $10,000,000 several
years ago. The late B.F. Jones, who amassed over $20,000,000 was her
grandfather." Rev. Alexander himself inherited nearly a million.
(Pittsburg Pastor to Wed Girl With Millions. San Antionio Gazette, Jan.
19, 1900.) Her brother, Alexander Laughlin Jr., graduated from the Yale
Sheffield Scientific School in 1910. (Obituary Record of Yale Graduates
1925-1926, p. 263-264.) Benjamin F. Jones Jr. graduated fom Princeton
in 1891. His father had
been chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1884, and he was
a staunch Republican. (B.F. Jones Jr., Steel Master, Dies. New York
Times, Jan. 2, 1928.) Her cousin, Thomas McK. Laughlin was a very close
of President Taft,
who attended his funeral in Pittsburgh when he committed suicide. Rev.
Maitland Alexander conducted the ceremonies. John W. Herron of Cincinnati was
the father of both Mrs. Laughlin and Mrs. Taft. (President Attends
Funeral. New York Times, Mar. 14, 1910; Thomas McKennan Laughlin Ph.B.
1897. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 1320.) Her
other cousin, Irwin [Boyle] Laughlin,
Scroll & Key
1893, was in the U.S. diplomatic service from 1904-1933, including
second secretary of legation in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1907-1908,
and counsellor at London 1916-1919. He married a daughter of Adrian Iselin. (Irwin [Boyle]
Laughlin, B.A. 1893. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University
Deceased during the Year 1940-1941, pp. 51-52.) His cousin, Grant
Smith, was Secretary of the American Legation in Brussels. (Laughlin
Eccentric While in Berlin. New York Times, Mar. 15, 1910.)
Another brother, Henry
Addison Alexander, Princeton 1883, was counsel to the U.S. Embassy in
Paris from 1886 to 1899. (General catalogue of Princeton University,
1908, p. 267.) He married Grace Green in 1888. Oliver Harriman Jr. and
Herbert Satterlee were among the ushers. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt
were among the guests. (Marriage of Henry A. Alexander and Miss Grace
Green. New York Times, Feb. 1, 1888.) Her father, Albert W. Green, died
on a hunting trip in South Dakota. He was born in Ohio but came to New
York while young. He was a special partner of Green, Joyce & Co. of
Columbus and a special partner in Gilmore & Ruhl, of St. Louis.
(Albert W. Green. New York Tribune, Oct. 3, 1900.) They were divorced
in 1893, remarried in 1895, and divorced again in 1906. He was living
at Hyeres, France. (Wife of Henry A. Alexander Again Seeks Her Freedom.
New York Sun, Apr. 28, 1906.) When his second wife left, he lived in
London, "where he has formed legal and financial connections with the
house of Rothschilds." (Silver Bathtub Ends Their Honeymoon. Oakland
Tribune, Oct. 17, 1909.) Their only daughter, Eleanor Butler Alexander,
Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of the former President. (Miss Alexander
Roosevelt's Bride. New York Times, Jun. 21, 1910.) Mrs. Alexander and
her two sisters received the income from a fortune left by their
grandfather, Theron R. Butler, which was to go to his
great-great-grands, of whom the Roosevelt children were the only ones.
(Roosevelt Babies Heirs to $4,000,000. New York Times, Mar. 14, 1915.)
Butler was President of the Sixth-Avenue Railroad Company. (Obituary
Notes. New York Times, Jan. 21, 1884.)
The Roosevelts had a daughter, Grace Green, and three sons, Theodore III, Cornelius Van Schaak, and Quentin II. In 1924, after losing the gubernatorial election, Theodore Jr. went to Central Asia with his younger brother, Kermit [1889-1943], on behalf of the Field Museum. In 1929, while on another trip to Indochina with Kermit, President Herbert Hoover appointed him Governor of Puerto Rico.
Roosevelt and his cousin, 2d Lt. Kermit Roosevelt Jr. [1916-2000], were
both members of the O.S.S. in World War II. (Textual Records from the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services.) Quentin was a
vice president of the China National Aviation
Corporation when he died in 1948. His daughter, Susan Roosevelt,
Radcliffe in 1970 and studied Chinese for a year before entering law
school. She married William F. Weld,
Harvard 1966 [later Governor of Massachusetts]. (Susan Roosevelt Is Wed
on L.I. New York Times, June 8, 1975.)
Board of Directors: Henry B. Hyde, President; James W. Alexander,
Vice-President; Louis Fitzgerald, Henry A. Hurlbut, Henry G. Marquand,
William A. Wheelock, Henry Day, M. Hartley, H.M. Alexander, Chauncey M.
Depew, Charles G. Landon, Cornelius N. Bliss, Alanson Trask, E.
Boudinot Colt, John A. Stewart, John D. Jones, John Sloane, S.
Borrowes, B. Williamson, G.W. Carleton, E.W. Lambert, H.S. Terbell,
Thomas S. Young, Robert Bliss, John J. McCook, B.F. Randolph, Eugene
Kelly, George C. Magoun, William B. Kendall, Daniel D. Lord, H.J.
Fairchild, James M. Halsted, William Alexander, Horace Porter, C.B.
Alexander, Geo. DeF. L. Day, J.F. De Navarro, Parker Handy, Edward W.
Scott, Charles S. Smith, Levi P. Morton, George H. Stuart, William M.
Bliss, Joseph T. Low, T. DeWitt Cuyler, Oliver Ames, Eustace C. Fitz,
S.H. Phillips, Henry R. Wolcott, A. Van Bergen, Gustav G. Pohl.
(Display Ad. New York Sun, Feb. 16, 1888.)
Joseph T. Low was the son of Equitable director James Low. He joined Low, Harriman & Co. with his brother-in-law, Oliver Harriman, in 1867. (Copartnership Notices. New York Times, Jan. 4, 1867 p. 6.) He was a founding director of the International Banking and Trust Company in 1900. (Trust Companies to Unite. New York Times, Jan. 31, 1900.) He married a daughter of Henry A. Mott, who was the son of Dr. Valentine Mott and a brother of Dr. Alexander B. Mott. (The Obituary Record. New York Times, Feb. 7, 1894.) The total value of real estate was placed at $2 million and the personal property at $70 million. (Jay Gould's Will Filed. New York Times, Dec. 13, 1892.)
Directors: Henry B. Hyde, President; James W. Alexander,
Vice-President; Louis Fitzgerald, Henry A. Hurlbut, Henry G. Marquand,
William A. Wheelock, Henry Day, M. Hartley, H.M. Alexander, Chauncey M.
Depew, Charles G. Landon, Cornelius N. Bliss, Alanson Trask, E.
Boudinot Colt, John Sloane, S. Borrowe, B. Williamson, Eugene Kelly,
John A. Stewart, George C. Magoun, William M. Bliss, William B.
Kendall, G.W. Carleton, E.W. Lambert, H.S. Terbell, Thomas S. Young,
John J. McCook, Daniel D. Lord, H.J. Fairchild, William Alexander,
Horace Porter, Edward W. Scott, C.B. Alexander, Geo. DeF. L. Day, John
D. Jones, Levi P. Morton, John A. McCall (Comptroller), Charles S.
Smith, Joseph T. Low, A. Van Bergen, T. DeWitt Cuyler, Oliver Ames,
Eustace C. Fitz, S.H. Phillips, Henry R. Wolcott, Gustav G. Pohl, J.F.
DeNavarro, James H. Dunham, Daniel R. Noyes, Waldo Adams. George W.
Phillips and J.G. Van Cise were Actuaries. (Display Ad. New York Times,
Feb. 16, 1891.) McCall and Pohl left; M.E. Ingalls and T.D. Jordan
joined. Thomas D. Jordan was the new Comptroller. (Display Ad. New York
Times, Feb. 19, 1892.)
Daniel Rogers Noyes was senior partner of the wholesale drug firm of
Noyes Bros. & Cutler, of St. Paul, Minn. He was born in 1836 in
Lyme, Conn. From 1854 to 1861, he was associated with the wholesale
drug house of Schieffelin Bros. & Co., of New York City; then the
banking house of Gilman, Son & Co. In 1868, he moved to St. Paul
and founded Noyes, Pett & Co., which "developed into one of the
largest and most successful drug houses of the Northwest, doing a
business annually of about $2,000,000, its trade covering not only
Minnesota, Dakota, Montana, Iowa, Wisconsin, but extending to the
Pacific Coast,draws upon the intervening territories and even so far
south as New Mexico, and, in addition, having a very considerable
export trade in certain lines of goods for Europe and Asia." He was
vice-president of the St. Paul Trust Co. and the Real Estate Title
Insurance Co., and a director in the Merchants' National Bank, and the
Union Land Co. His wife was Helen Gilman, daughter of Winthrop Sargent
Gilman of New York. (Noyes & Cutler. The Pharmaceutical Era July 1,
Daniel R. Noyes, Charles P. Noyes, and Edward H. Cutler were the partners of Noyes Bros. & Cutler of St. Paul. (It Hurt Them. St. Paul Daily News, May 18, 1892.) Mrs. Charles Phelps Noyes was Emily Hoffman Gilman. "She had long been a leader in charitable, religious, civic and educational activities in St. Paul." (Mrs. Charles P. Noyes. New York Times, Sep. 10, 1930.) Their daughter marrried Henry W. de Forest, Scroll & Key 1876, a trustee of the majority stock of the Equitable.
Daniel R. Noyes was also a regent of the University of Minnesota and
a trustee of Carleton College. His son, Winthrop [Sargent] Gilman
Noyes, Scroll & Key 1891, was a partner of Noyes Brothers &
Cutler since 1900, and vice president from 1915 until retiring in 1920.
(Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the
Year 1930-1931, p. 106.)
His son, Daniel Raymond Noyes, Scroll & Key 1905, was a partner
of G. M.-P. Murphy & Co., private bankers, 1923-25, and an
investment counselor in New York City from 1925-1940. Their sister was
married to Thatcher M. Brown,
[Wolf's Head] 1897. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1940-1941, p.
108.) He was connected with Brown Brothers, Harriman
& Co. (D.
Raymond Noyes. New York Times, Nov. 22, 1940.)
His daughter, Helen Gilman Noyes, married William Adams Brown,
Scroll & Key 1897, son of John
Crosby Brown of the Brown Brothers
family. He was a director of the Yale Alumni University Fund
Association 1895-1921; a trustee of the Presbyterian Board of
Home Missions 1910-1923, and Constantinople Women's College 1915-1943;
a director of the Union Settlement Association 1893-1930; and various
positions with the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America
between 1917 and 1943. His sister was Mrs. Henry L. de Forest 1897.
(Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the
Year 1943-1944, p. 31.)
Directors: H.B. Hyde, President; James W. Alexander, Vice President;
Louis Fitzgerald, Henry A. Hurlbut, Henry G. Marquand, William A.
Wheelock, M. Hartley, H.M. Alexander, Chauncey M. Depew, Cornelius N.
Bliss, August Belmont, Charles S. Smith, John Sloane, Horace J.
Sir W.C. Van Horne, S. Borrowe, E. Boudinot Colt, Gage E. Tarbell, Marvin Hughitt, William B.
Kendall, Frank Thomson, G.W. Carleton, E.W. Lambert, H.S. Terbell,
Thomas S. Young, John J. McCook, George J. Gould, William Alexander,
Horace Porter, Edward W. Scott, C.B. Alexander, Daniel R. Noyes, G.W.
Phillips, Alanson Trask, John A. Stewart, John D. Jones, Levi P.
Morton, Joseph T. Low, A. Van Bergen, T de Witt Cuyler, Oliver Ames,
Eustace C. Fitz, Daniel Lord, Henry R. Wolcott, Jacob H. Schiff, James
H. Dunham, M.E. Ingalls, Brayton Ives, Thomas D. Jordan, S.D. Ripley,
de Navarro. (Display Ad. New York Times, Feb. 27, 1895.)
George J. Gould was the son of Jay Gould. He was president of the
Missouri Pacific and a director of numerous other railroads. (The
International Who's Who, 1912. H.L. Motter, ed., p. 527.)
"Mr. Ripley was a grandson of Sidney Dillon, financier, builder of
the Union Pacific Railroad, and its first President. From the estate of
$6,000,000 left by Dillon Mr. Ripley received bequests giving an annual
income of $50,000. Although his name was connected with several
important undertakings, Mr. Ripley held largely aloof from business as
well as from public affairs. Among concerns that counted him as
Director were the First National Bank of Hempstead, L.I., the Manganese
Steel Safe Company, the Mercantile Trust Company, the Mount Morris
Bank, and the Taylor Iron and Steel Company." He died after an
operation for appendicitis. (Sidney Dillon Ripley Dead. New York Times,
Feb. 25, 1905.) He married Mary Baldwin Hyde, the only daughter of
Henry B. Hyde. (Wedded in the Country. New York Times, Oct. 15, 1885.)
She remarried to Charles R. Scott, a representative of the
International Banking Corporation in the Orient. (Mrs. M.H. Ripley Bar
Harbor Bride. New York Times, Sep. 10, 1912.)
His son, James Hazen Ripley, was treasurer of the American
Society for the Control of Cancer and an activist for
Memorial Hospital, N.Y.C., as well as a trustee of C.C. Little's
Jackson Laboratory. His first wife was Marguerite
daughter of George Doubleday. (Miss M. Doubleday Weds J.H. Ripley. New
York Times, May 5, 1925.) She died in 1932, and he was engaged to a
daughter of John W. Livermore. He graduated from Harvard in 1914.
(Gladys Livermore Engaged to Marry. New York Times, Mar. 29, 1934.)
George Doubleday was the chairman of Ingersoll-Rand. His first wife,
Alice Moffitt, died in 1919, and he married Mary May White in 1937. (G.
Doubleday Dies; Industrialist, 89. New York Times, Dec. 8, 1955.)
Directors: H.B. Hyde, President; James W. Alexander, Vice President;
Louis Fitzgerald, Henry A. Hurlbut, Henry G. Marquand, William A.
Wheelock, Marcellus Hartley, H.M. Alexander, Chauncey M. Depew,
Cornelius N. Bliss, Thomas D. Joran, Charles S. Smith, John Sloane,
Horace J. Fairchild, Levi P. Morton, Gage E. Tarbell, Marvin Hughitt,
Frank Thomson, George J. Gould, Samuel M. Inman, Sir W.C. Van Horne,
Charles B. Alexander, Edward W. Lambert, John J. McCook, William
Alexander, James H. Hyde, Horace Porter, John A. Stewart, Jacob H.
Schiff, A. Van Santvoord, Melville E. Ingalls, Thomas S. Young, A. Van
Bergen, John E. Searles, David H. Moffat, James H. Dunham, T. De Witt
Cuyler, Joseph T. Low, Daniel Lord, Henry R. Wolcott, August Belmont,
William B. Kendall, Henry S. Terbell, George W. Phillips, George W.
Carleton, Samuel Borrowe, E. Boudinot Colt, Daniel R. Noyes, Alanson
Trask, Brayton Ives, Sidney D. Ripley, J.F. De Navarro. (Display Ad.
New York Times, Feb. 5, 1896.)
Directors: Henry B. Hyde, Louis Fitzgerald, Chauncey M. Depew,
William A. Wheelock, Marcellus Hartley, H.M. Alexander, Cornelius N.
Bliss, Henry G. Marquand, Charles S. Smith, John Sloane, Thomas D.
Jordan, David H. Moffat, Horace J. Fairchild, John Jacob Astor, T.
Jefferson Coolidge, Frank Thomson, Marvin Hughitt, George J. Gould,
Samuel M. Inman, Sir W.C. Van Horne, Gage E. Tarbell, Charles B.
Alexander, Edward W. Lambert, John J. McCook, William Alexander, Joseph
T. Low, John A. Stewart, Jacob H. Schiff, Robert T. Lincoln, Levi P.
Morton, A. Van Santvoord, Daniel Lord, James H. Hyde, William A. Tower,
Melville E. Ingalls, John E. Searles, A. Van Bergen, T. De Witt Cuyler,
Thomas S. Young, James W. Alexander, August Belmont, Thomas T. Eckert,
James H. Dunham, Sidney D. Ripley, George W. Carleton, George W.
Phillips, Henry S. Terbell, Brayton Ives, E. Boudinot Colt, Alanson
Trask, J.F. De Navarro. (Display Ad. New York Times, Feb. 4, 1898.)
Phillips and Terbell left; D.O.
Mills, and George H. Squire joined.
(Display Ad. Lowell Sun, Mar. 4, 1899.) H.B. Hyde, Lord, and Thomson
left; James W. Alexander became president, and C. Ledyard Blair, A.J.
Cassatt and H.C. Haarstick joined. (Display Ad. Atlanta Constitution,
Feb. 11, 1900.) George W. Phillips, the first
Actuary, died in 1896, and Mr. J.G. Van Cise, who had been Assistant
Actuary since 1873, was appointed to his place, R.G. Hann receiving the
appointment of Assistant Actuary. (The Officers of the Society. New
York Times, May 3, 1899.)
John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) was the son of William B. Astor Jr.,
brother of John Jacob Astor
2d; and the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, the fur trader. He died
in the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic. During the Spanish-American
War, he financed a battalion of American volunteers in Cuba.
(Wikipedia, accessed 8/13/10.) He was also a director of the Morton
Trust Company. (Display Ad.
New York Times, Oct. 2, 1899.) His mother, Caroline Webster
Schermerhorn, was a Royal descendant of James I, King of Scotland.
(Americans of Royal Descent. By Charles Henry Browning, 1891, p. 553.)
[However, Rev. Thomas Barclay of Albany's relation to John Barclay of
East Jersey is disputed.] His wife, Ava Lowle Willing, was a Royal
descendant of Alfred the Great, King of England, ibid. pp. 86 and 100.
Her sister, Susan R. Willing, was the second wife of Francis Cooper Lawrance
Jr., Yale 1877.
Most of his real estate holdings
were left in the trusteeship of James
Roosevelt Roosevelt, Nicholas
Biddle, and Douglas Robinson, who were also the executors. His second
wife, Mrs. Madeline T. Force Astor, received the income of a $5 million
trust fund, and his house and stable, and their expected posthumous
child received $3 million in trust. His first wife, Mrs. Ava Willing
Astor, wasn't mentioned, but their daughter, Ava Alice Muriel Astor,
also received $5 million in trust until her majority. "The will reveals
the system under which the Astor estate is kept intact and increased
from generation to generation. Each generation has a family head. This
family head holds property of two classes, property held in trust and
property which is held outright, because the law forbids entailments.
The family head makes a will leaving the property held in trust
outright to his son and the property held outright in trust. Each
alternate block of property is held in trust, the rest held outright,
as the property changes hands." His son, William Vincent Astor, a minor, was the
principal beneficiary of his will. (Astor Fortune Goes to Vincent. New
York Times, May 7, 1912.) Roosevelt, Biddle, and Robinson had also been
trustees of William B. Astor Jr.'s will. Lewis Cass Ledyard of
Ledyard & Milburn, the
attorney in John Jacob Astor's divorce, also drew the will. (Vincent
Astor in Full Control. New York Times, May 8, 1912.)
Roosevelt was the husband of John Jacob Astor IV's sister, Helen Astor.
of John Jacob Astor. New York Times, Mar. 6, 1898.) Robert Maitland was
best man at their wedding. The ushers were Mr. Hoyt, Langdon Wilkes,
Charles de Rham Jr., Mr. Gracie, Frederick Newbold, and Mr. Oelrichs.
The bridesmaids were Augusta Astor, Sybil Kane, Miss Newbold and Miss
Livingston; also Mrs. William Astor and her cousin, Mrs. Edward
Schermerhorn. (A High Toned Wedding. Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, Nov. 23,
Thomas Jefferson Coolidge was born in Boston in 1831. His father was
Joseph Coolidge, and his mother was Ellen
Wayles Randolph, a
granddaughter of President Thomas Jefferson. He was educated abroad,
then graduated from Harvard in 1850. He started in the store of William
Perkins. In 1853, he formed a partnership with Joseph P. Gardner in the
East India trade. In 1857, he took charge of the Boott mills in Lowell,
and rebuilt them. From 1861, he lived in France for three or four
years. In 1865, he resigned from the Boott mills and joined the
Lawrence Manufacturing Company. In 1875, he became treasurer of the
Amoskeag corporation of Manchester, N.H. In 1880, he dropped
manufacturing and took up railroading, and was president of the
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, and of the Oregon Railway Navigation
company. He was president or a director of Dwight Manufacturing
companies, the Boston & Lowell, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy,
Kansas City, and the Fort Scott & Memphis railroads; the Merchants
National Bank of Boston, the West End railway, the Old Colony and New
England Trust Companies, and 30 other corporations. In 1892, he was
appointed minister to France by President Harrison. He was recommended
by the former minister, Whitelaw Reid. He resigned from the Equitable
in 1905, and declined to serve on the committee to select a chairman.
He was an overseer of Harvard from 1886 to 1897, and gave $5000 to it
in 1899. He married Hetty S. Appleton, daughter of William Appleton, in
1852. (T. Jefferson Coolidge. Lowell Sun, Nov. 18, 1920.) He was a
principal owner of the Carthagena Railroad Company in Colombia (The
Uprising in Colombia. New York Times, Jan. 28, 1895), and of the
Wisconsin Central Railway. (News of the Railroads. New York Times, Sep.
6, 1898.) Coolidge and James H. Hyde were directors of Charles T.
Yerkes's railroads in London, England. (Mr. Yerkes's London Company.
New York Times, May 1, 1903.)
T. Jefferson Coolidge's sister, Anna Storer Coolidge, married Col.
William Edgar Prince. (Married. Boston Daily Advertiser, Jun. 22,
1866.) Their daughter, Gertrude Prince, married Lewis Cass Ledyard.
The Appletons and Randolphs were both royal descandants of William
I, King of England. His father-in-law, William Appleton, was President
of the Massachusetts branch of the Bank of the United States and a U.S.
Congressman. Mrs. Amos A.
Lawrence was a sister-in-law. Mrs. Appleton was a royal descendant
of Louis VII, King of France. (Americans of Royal Descent. By Charles
Henry Browning, 1891, pp.253 and 39.) Joseph Coolidge Jr. and Ellen
Randolph were married at Monticello on May 27, 1825. (Married. Daily
National Intelligencer, Jun. 14, 1825.)
"Mr. Joseph Coolidge, jr., a citizen of the United States of North
America, have put in a claim for household furniture, stores, and other
valuable property and papers, of £33,610 41 cents; and this claim
has been admitted and is about to be paid by Her Majesty's joint
plenipotentiary, Capt. Charles Elliot, R.N. We must first ask how far,
either in law or equity, a citizen of the United States or any other
foreigner, can be admitted to claim under an indemnification wrung from
the Chinese by the British arms, while they have a consul or vice
consul in China? Senor V.N.P. Guttierris, who was Mr. Coolidge's clerk,
has had his claim of $732.75 cents for wearing apparel, admitted.... it
is reported Mr. Coolidge, besides his well-known confidential
intercourse with Captain Elliot, was particularly warned by that
officer in person not to remain in Canton that night, the 21st of May."
(Thirty-Two Days Later from the Celestial Empire. New York Herald, Dec.
Coolidge Jr. graduated from Harvard in 1884. He was a founder and
president of the Old Colony Trust Company, and also president of the
Bay State Trust Company, a vice president of the National Bank of
Commerce, and a director of the American Telephone and Telegraph
Company and other corporations. (Thomas Jefferson Coolidge. New York
Times, Apr. 16, 1912.) He was secretary and treasurer of the United
Fruit Company. "From a glance at the above list of officers so far
chosen, it can be read between the lines that the Boston Fruit Company,
of Boston, that old, staid and solid institution of the New England
states, is in the new concern up to its eyes." (Macheca and Oteri Lines
Bought Out. New Orleans Daily Picayune, Apr. 20, 1899.)
Directors: J.W. Alexander, James H. Hyde, Louis Fitsgerald, Chauncey
M. Depew, William A. Wheelock, Henry G. Marquand, Cornelius N. Bliss,
George H. Squire, Thomas D. Jordan, C.B. Alexander, V.P. Snyder, Samuel
M. Inman, John A. Stewart, A.J. Cassatt, Robert T. Lincoln, J.J. Astor,
Gage E. Tarbell, Marvin Hughitt, William H. McIntyre, M. Hartley Dodge,
Brayton Ives, Alanson Trask, Levi P. Morton, William A. Tower, D.O.
Mills, George J. Gould,
George T. Wilson, T. DeWitt Cuyler, E.W. Lambert, H.M. Alexander, F.F.
De Navarro, M.E. Ingalls, Jacob H. Schiff, James J. Hill, Carles S.
Smith, Henry C. Frick,
William Alexander, John J. McCook, H.C. Harrstick, David H. Moffat,
Sidney D. Ripley, John Sloane, E.H. Harriman, Alfred G.
Jefferson Coolidge, August Belmont, Sir William C. Van Horne, Thomas T.
Eckert, C. Ledyard Blair, William H. Baldwin Jr., Thomas S. Young,
Joseph T. Low. (Display Ad. Atlanta Constitution, Feb. 18, 1902.)
William Henry Baldwin Jr. was born in Boston in 1826, and graduated from Harvard in 1885. Before he completed the Law School course, Charles Francis Adams had made him a clerk in the auditors' office of the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha. When Jay Gould took over the Union Pacific, he went to the Flint and Pere Marquette, then the Southern Railway system and the Richmond and Danville lines. In 1896, he was chosen to be the president of the Long Island Railroad. He married Ruth Standish Bowles [an aunt of Chester Bowles]. (W.H. Baldwin At Last Succombs to Malady. New York Times, Jan. 4, 1905.) He was chairman of the General Education Board funded by John D. Rockefeller. (J.D. Rockefeller Gives $1,000,000 for Schools. New York Times, Apr. 23, 1902.) Mrs. Baldwin graduated from Smith College in 1887, and was secretary to its president until their marriage in 1889. She was on its board of trustees for 25 years. She was the first chairman of the National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, which was organized in their home in 1912. (Mrs. Ruth Baldwin Dies in 70th Year. New York Times, Dec. 15, 1934.) William H. Baldwin 3d graduated from Harvard in 1913. He was president of the Urban League from 1942-1947, and a trustee of the New School for Social Research. (W.H. Baldwin Dead; Public Relations Aide, Urban League Leader. New York Times, May 20, 1980.)
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt was the son of Cornelius Vanderbilt [II,
son of William H. Vanderbilt and grandson of the Commodore], of the New
York Central & Hudson River Railroad and numerous other
corporations, and Alice Claypoole Gwynne, daughter of Abram Evans
(Yale 1839), and granddaughter of Henry Collins Flagg (Yale 1811). He
had large interests in the New York Central Realty and Terminal
Company, and interests in the Raquette Lake Railway and Transportation
companies, the Fulton Navigation Company, the Equitable Life Assurance
Company, and the Plaza Bank. His first marriage was to Ellen French,
the daughter of Francis Ormond French (Harvard 1857), who was the
mother of William Henry Vanderbilt. His second marriage was to Mrs.
Margaret Emerson McKim, mother of Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. and George
Vanderbilt. His brothers were William Henry Vanderbilt 1893, who died
during college; Cornelius
Vanderbilt S&K 1895, and Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt 1902.
His sister Gertrude married Harry
Payne Whitney [S&B 1894, and Gladys married Hungarian Count
László Széchenyi]. He died when the Lusitania
sank. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1910-1915, p. 851.) Alfred
Gwynne Vanderbilt was the heir of his father's estimated $70 million
fortune. His brother Cornelius was cut out, and he gave money from his
own share to his brother. The executors were Alice G. Vanderbilt, the
widow; and Alfred G. Vanderbilt, William K. Vanderbilt, Chauncey M.
Depew, and Edward V.W. Rossiter, with Reginald C. Vanderbilt to qualify
when he came of age. The United States Trust
Company was trustee. It
was witnessed by the late Henry H. Anderson, who was Cornelius
Vanderbilt's legal advisor, J. Carstensen and G.S. Prince. The first
codicil was witnessed by Anderson's son, Henry B. Anderson, G.S.
Prince, and Warren S. Crane; the second codicil by Edward L. Rossiter, Chandler P. Anderson
and Henry B. Anderson. (Vanderbilt Will Changed By Heir. New York
Times, Oct. 27, 1899.) He was a
director of the International Banking Corporation. (Market Movement.
New York Times, Apr. 22, 1902.)
His brother, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, Wolf's Head 1902, was an
investor. He was a director of the Raquette Lake Railway and Raquette
Lake Transportation Co., and the Fulton Chain Railway and Fulton
Navigation Company. (Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1925-1926, p.
194.) Their mother was a Royal descendant of Edmund Ironsides, King of
England, and his grandfather Flagg was mayor of New Haven. (Americans
of Royal Descent. By Charles Henry Browning, 1891, p. 162.)
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt were members of the New York
Committee for Project HOPE in 1964. (Project Hope Health Opportunities
for People Everywhere. New York - 1964, p. 64.)
Several officers and/or directors of the Equitable - James W. Alexander, James H. Hyde, W.H. McIntyre, and John J. McCook - were prominently involved in the formation of the International Banking Corporation in 1901-02. Hyde became a director of the First National Bank of Chicago in 1903. (Chicago Bank Directors. New York Times, Jan. 14, 1903.)
Directors: J.W. Alexander, J.H. Hyde, Louis Fitzgerald, Chauncey M. Depew, William A. Wheelock, H.C. Deming, Cornelius N. Bliss, George H. Squire, Thomas D. Jordan, C.B. Alexander, V.P. Snyder, Samuel M. Inman, John A. Stewart, A.J. Cassatt, Robert T. Lincoln, J.J. Astor, Gage E. Tarbell, Marvin Hughitt, William H. McIntyre, M. Hartley Dodge, Brayton Ives, Bradish Johnson, Levi P. Morton, William A. Tower, D.O. Mills, George J. Gould, George T. Wilson, T. de Witt Cuyler, E.W. Lambert, H.M. Alexander, J.F. de Navarro, M.E. Ingalls, Jacob H. Schiff, James J. Hill, Charles S. Smith, Henry C. Frick, William Alexander, John J. McCook, H.C. Haarstick, David H. Moffatt, Sidney D. Ripley, John Sloane, E.H. Harriman, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, T. Jefferson Coolidge, August Belmont, Sir William C. Van Horne, Thomas T. Eckert, C. Ledyard Blair, William H. Baldwin Jr., James B. Forgan, Joseph T. Low. James W. Alexander, President; James H. Hyde, Vice President; Gage E. Tarbell, Second Vice President; George T. Wilson, Third Vice President; William H. McIntyre, Fourth Vice President; William Alexander, Secretary; Thomas D. Jordan, Comptroller; Sidney D. Ripley, Treasurer; H.R. Winthrop, Asst. Secretary; M. Murray, Cashier; W.B. Bremner, Asst. Treasurer; S.C. Bolling, Superintendent of Agencies; Edward W. Lambert, M.D., Consulting Medical Director; W.R. Bross, M.D. and Arthur Pell, M.D., Medical Directors. (Display Ad 8. New York Times, Feb. 5, 1904, p. 9.)
Deming was Secretary and Treasurer of the New Jersey and New York
Railroad between 1874 and 1880, and Secretary, Treasurer, Vice
President, and President of the Mercantile Trust between 1880 and 1907.
He was a director of the Equitable Trust Company and the Union Pacific
Railroad. He was the son of Henry Champion Deming S&B 1836, and
Charles Clerc Deming S&B 1872 and Laurent Clerc Deming S&B 1883
were his brothers. They were also cousins of the Shipman family,
including Arthur L. Shipman, S&B 1886. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1930-1931, pp.
Bradish Johnson was born in New York City, circa 1851. He was
President of the Estate of Bradish Johnson, a director of the American
Cotton Oil Co., the Commonwealth Insurance Company, the Equitable Life
Assurance Co. and Equitable Trust Company, and the Greenwhich Savings
Bank, and was President of the State Investing Company. His wife was
Aimee Gaillard, daughter of Joseph Gaillard. His daughter, Marie,
Hamilton Russell, and his sons were Bradish G. Johnson
and Aymar Johnson. (Bradish Johnson, Financier, Dies. New York Times,
Aug. 1, 1918.)
Bradish Gaillard Johnson served in the Army in the First World War.
He settled in France in 1923 and returned to New York in 1940. He
married Emma M. Grima Johnson, an official of the Coordinating Council
for French Relief Societies. His son, Bradish G. Johnson Jr., a war
correspondent, was killed in Spain in 1937. His daughter, Adelaide, was
a food transport driver for the French Army during the early part of
the war. (Bradish G. Johnson, An Estate Manager. New York Times, Jun.
10, 1944.) Mrs. Bradish G. Johnson was the daughter of Judge Alfred
Grima of New Orleans. Adelaide Johnson married Count Alain d'Eudeville
of Paris. He was a captain in the French Army, and was liaison officer
with the U.S. Counter-Intelligence Corps. (d'Eudeville - Johnson. New
York Times, Jul. 7, 1949.) Alfred Grima Johnson graduated from Harvard
and served with the American Field Service in France in 1939 and 1940,
and in Africa in 1941. He was a first lieutenant in the Office of
Strategic Services. He was to marry Francine Buffet of Versailles.
(Alfred Johnson to Wed. New York Times, Jun. 2, 1946.)
Bradish G. Johnson's brother, Aymar Johnson, graduated from Harvard
in 1905. He was a member of Johnson
and Wood, stock brokers. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.
Naval Intelligence Office, and was on his way to Bermuda when he was
stricken. He married Marion Hoffman in 1924. (Aymar Johnson, 58, Stock
Broker Here. New York Times, Apr. 7, 1942.)
Bradish Johnson's father, Bradish
(1811-1892), was from Louisiana, where his grandfather was a partner of
pirate Jean Lafitte. Two sisters, Margaret and Louisa, married Stephen Whitney in
succession. (Necrology. New Orleans Daily Picayune, Nov. 5, 1892.)
Henry Rogers Winthrop was the only son of Buchanan Winthrop, Yale
1862, who was the only son of Henry Rogers Winthrop [Yale 1830], from
whom he inherited a fortune. His mother was Sarah Helen Townsend,
daughter of Isaac Townsend. (Buchanan Winthrop Dead. New York Times,
Dec. 26, 1900.) Buchanan Winthrop's law practice was almost entirely
management of estates. He was a Fellow of Yale University since 1891.
(Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 62.) Mrs. Henry R.
left her residual estate of about $2,130,391 to the Theological
Seminary at Princeton. It included $222,996 in U.S. Government bonds,
$875,000 in United States Trust Company stocks, $153,000 in Bank of New
York, $134,800 in Bank of Commerce, $90,750 in Manhattan Company,
$85,000 in Gallatin National; Bank, and $67,500 in Bank of America.
(Gift Increased to Theological Seminary. New York Times, May 31, 1903.)
Henry Rogers Winthrop 1898's great grandfather was John Still Winthrop
1804, a brother of Francis Bayard Winthrop 1804. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale, 1890-1900, p. 430.) The Winthrops owned Fisher's
Island. They were
Royal descendants of Edward III, King of England. (Americans of Royal
Descent. By Charles Henry Browning, 1891, p. 400.)
Henry R. Winthrop was an usher at the wedding of Henry John
Innes-Ker, eighth Duke of Roxburghe, to his cousin, May Goelet. The
late British Ambassador, Sir Michael Herbert, had married her aunt.
(Duke of Roxburghe Marries Miss Goelet. New York Times, Nov. 11, 1903.)
Henry R. Winthrop married Anna Woodward Babcock, daughter of Henry D. Babcock. (Henry R.
Winthrop To Wed. New York Times, Aug. 8, 1905.) Frederic Kernochan was
his best man. The ushers were Samuel D. Babcock, her brother; Ashbel H.
Barney, Julian A. Ripley, Monson Morris, and Le Roy McKim. "James Hazen
Hyde was to have been an usher, but at a late hour his regrets were
received." (Miss Babcock Wed To Henry R. Winthrop. New York Times, Oct.
4, 1905.) He was later a senior partner in Harris, Winthrop & Co.
with John F. Harris until 1929; Winthrop, Mitchell & Co. and
Winthrop, Whitehouse & Co., and was a member of the board of
governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1935 to 1938. (Henry
Winthrop, Banker Here, 82. New York Times, Nov. 15, 1958.) He was a
director of Loew's Inc. until resigning in 1953, when G. Rowland
Collins was elected to succeed him. (Dean of N.Y.U. School Named Loew's
Director. New York Times, Nov. 25, 1953.)
General partners of Winthrop,
Mitchell & Co., incorporated in the District of Columbia, were
Henry Rogers Winthrop, New York; Leeds Mitchell, Chicago; Theodore E.
Cunningham, Evanston, Ill.; John J Fagan, New York; Harry C. Schaack,
Chicago; George R. Thornton, Oak Park, Ill.; Alfred I. Preston Jr., New
York; Richard P. Loasby, Montclair, N.J.; Richard F. Babcock, Woodbury,
Long Island; Richard B.W. Hall, New York; Henry P. Godfrey, New York;
Thomas Miller, Chicago; Arthur J.O. Illian, New York; James J.
Masterson, Bergenfield, N.J.; George N. Buffington, Barrington, Ill.;
William P.S. Earle Jr., Great Neck, N.Y.; Henry W. Bull, New York;
Perry K. Heath, Washington, D.C.; William J. Cunningham, Brooklyn;
George F. Brennan, Jersey City; and Malcolm S. McConihe Jr., New York.
Special partners were Walter Schuttler, Chicago ($260,000); Milton W.
Holden, Palm Beach ($300,000); Estate of Woodward Babcock by Grace C.
Babcock and Henry D. Babcock, New York ($150,000); and Henry Rogers
Winthrop ($300,000). (Legal Notices. Washington Post, Jan. 18, 1938.)
Hold-over directors following reorganization: A.W. Krech, President of the Equitable Trust Co.; Henry M. Alexander; William H. McIntyre, former Fourth Vice President; James H. Hyde; George T. Wilson, Third Vice President; Thomas D Jordan, former Controller; Gage E. Tarbell, Second Vice President; Sir William C. Van Horne; Henry R. Winthrop, Treasurer; C.B. Alexander of Alexander & Green; John J. McCook of Alexander & Green; Valentine P. Snyder; T. De Witt Cuyler; Levi P. Morton; James B. Forgan; H.C. Haarstick; F.F. de Navarro; and Paul Morton. Grover Cleveland, Morgan J. O'Brien, and George Westinghouse were trustees of the Thomas F. Ryan stock. They nominated (for one-year terms) E.W. Bloomingdale, New York; Joseph Bryan of Richmond, Va.; John D Kernan of Utica; James McMahon of Brooklyn; William E. Paine of New York; Tom Randolph of St. Louis; and William Whitman of Boston. For two-year terms: Abraham Brittin of New Orleans; Charles E. Littlefield of Rockland, Me.; E.W. Robertson of Columbia, S.C.; J.G. Schmidlapp of Cincinnati; Daniel A. Tompkins of Charlotte, N.C.; Frank S. Witherbee of Port Henry, N.Y.; and Charles H. Zehnder of Philadelphia. For three-year terms: John N. Beach of New York; James B. Forgan of Chicago; A.L. Humphreys of New York; John T. Manson of New Haven; William C. Redfield of Brooklyn; F.W. Roebling of Trenton, N.J.; and G.F. Vietor of New York. For four years: Thomas A. Gillespie of New York; Willis F. McCook of Pittsburgh; Eugenius H. Outerbridge of New York; Wallace L. Pierce of Boston; Thomas Spratt of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; J. Edward Swanstrom of Brooklyn; and Eben E. Thomas of Easton, Pa. In the "administration ticket" to fill vacancies: John T. Manson of New Haven, president of the Yale National Bank of that city; William E. Paine, a lumber merchant; Thomas A. Gillespie, a contractor of New York and Pittsburgh; Eugenius H. Outerbridge, President of the Davies Textile Co.; and Abraham Brittin, Vice President of the Canal Bank of New Orleans and a director of the Hibernia Bank in which the Equitable was a large stockholder. (Ryan Trustees Control Equitable Hold-Overs. New York Times, Jun. 22, 1906.)
Willis Fisher McCook was the son of George Latimer McCook, M.D., who
was an advisor to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton during the Civil
War. Willis F. McCook was born in New Lisbon, Ohio in 1851, and
practiced law in Pittsburgh since 1876. He was personal counsel of
Henry C. Frick and T.M. Carnegie; one of the organizers of the H.C.
Frick Coke Company in 1882; and a founder and director of the
Pittsburgh Steel Company in 1901, and its president since 1920. He was
counsel to the Equitable Life as well as a director, and a director of
numerous steel related companies. (Obituary Record of Yale Graduates
1923-1924, page 59.) His grandson, Allison Maxwell, was president of
the company in
1963. (Pittsburgh Steel Enters New Phase. Monessen Valley Independent,
Jun. 1, 1963.)
Jacob Godfrey Schmidlapp (1849-) was the founder and president of
the Union Savings Bank and Trust Company of Cincinnati. (The Historical
Register, Edwin C. Hill, ed., 1920, p. 69.) "Another of the President's
great Cincinnati friends is J.G. Schmidlapp, the head of the financial
interests of that city. Like Judge Hollister, Mr. Schmidlapp is not a
political power, but socially he is the leader of his city's upper "40"
or "400," whichever way one wishes to put it." (The Most Intimate
Friends of President Taft. By E.J. Edwards. New York Times, May 29,
Frank S. Witherbee, Skull & Bones 1874, was the president of
Witherbee, Sherman & Co., mining iron ore and manufacturing pig
iron. He was also a director of the Cubitas Iron Ore Co. of Cuba, the
Equitable Life Assurance Society, the Fulton Trust Co. and Chatham
& Phenix National Bank of New York City. (Frank Spencer Witherbee,
B.A. 1874. Obituary Record of the Graduates, Yale University 1915-20,
p. 348.) Witherbee was a guest at Thomas
F. Ryan's tobacco summit
dinner in 1916. (Thomas F. Ryan Is Host. New York Times, Feb. 18,
1916.) He was a member of the campaign committee to raise money
for the United Hospital Fund in 1919. (Hospitals Seek $1,000,000. New
York Times, Oct. 25, 1919.) He married Mary Rhinelander Stewart, a
Royal descendant of King
James I of Scotland. (Americans of Royal Descent. By Charles Henry
Browning, 1891, p. 404.)
Edwin Wales Robertson was the son of U.S. Senator Thomas James
Robertson of South Carolina, and a grandson of Joseph Robertson who
moved to South Carolina from Virginia. He was President of the National
Loan & Exchange Bank of Columbia from 1898-1927, and was a director
of the Equitable from 1905 until his death. His daughter Frances
married Basil Hwoschinsky, who graduated from the Imperial Naval
Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1908. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale University 1928-1929, pp. 104-106.)
Directors: Charles B. Alexander, John N. Beach, E.W. Bloomingdale,
Abraham Brittin, T. DeWitt Cuyler, James B. Forgan, Thomas A.
Gillespie, William A. Day, Alexander C. Humphreys, Edward de V.
Morrell, Bradish Johnson, John D. Kernan, Alvin W. Krech, Charles E.
Littlefield, John T. Manson, John J. McCook, Willis F. McCook, James
McMahon, David H. Moffatt, Levi P. Morton, Paul Morton (President),
Alfonso de Navarro, Ludwig Nissen, Eugenius H. Outerbridge, William E.
Paine, Wallace L. Pierce, Tom Randolph, William C. Redfield, E.W.
Robertson, Jay Morton, Robert Mather, J.G. Schmidlapp, V.P. Snyder,
Thomas Spratt, J. Edward Swanstrom, Gage E. Tarbell, Eben B. Thomas,
Daniel A. Tompkins, Sir William C. Van Horne, George F. Vietor, William
Whitman, George T. Wilson, Frank S. Witherbee, Charles H. Zehnder.
Secretary: William Alexander.Treasurer: Charles E. Phelps. (Trow's
Thomas Andrew Gillespie was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from
high school there in 1866. He began as a clerk for the Pittsburgh Gas
Company, then went to an iron manufacturing firm for eight years, then
manufactured iron bolts on his own. He joined George Westinghouse in
1884, then founded T.A. and R.G. Gillespie with his brother in 1890. In
1897 it was incorporated as the T.A. Gillespie Company. It constructed
locks and dams for the U.S. government on the upper Ohio River; the
East Jersey Water Company plant in Paterson and the Pittsburgh Water
Filtration Works, and the third-tracking of the elevated railroad lines
in Manhattan. (T.A. Gillespie, Contractor, Dies. New York Times, Jan.
T.A. Gillespie & Co. had been a general contracting company until 1915, when it bought over 300 acres in Sayreville Township, New Jersey. It was said to have a contract with the British War Office to furnish powder, and the Union Powder Corporation was affiliated with it. (Gillespie to Make Powder. New York Times, Jun. 3, 1915.) Gillespie, vice president F.W. Williams, and two officers in the Ordnance Department of the Russian Army, Gen. Seposhnikov and Col. Joukowski, were involved in a car crash. (5 Flung From Auto Dodging Children. New York Times, Sep. 18, 1915.) The T.A. Gillespie shell-loading plant at Morgan, N.J., was said to be the largest in the world. It had been hastily constructed in three months, using wood frame and corrugated iron, and buildings were too closely spaced, although this was according to government specifications. On the night of Oct. 4, at 7:40 pm, with over 2000 night shift worlers present, a series of explosions began which lasted for three days. The week before, three women and a man had been killed when a partly-loaded shell rolled off a table and blew up. (Great Munition Plant Blown Up, 100 May Be Dead. New York Times, Oct. 5, 1918; Day of Explosions and Fire Finishes Shell Plant Ruin. New York Times, Oct. 6, 1918.) The vice-president, E.A. Yates, told the Senate investigating committee that on the day of the explosion there was between 25 and 30 million pounds of TNT, nitrate, ammonia, loaded shells, and smokeless powder at the plant, of which slightly less than 350,000 pounds of TNT had exploded. E.C. Hawley of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the War Industries Board said that the company had been advised to install a sprinkler system in June. (Thinks Enemy Alien Blew Up War Plant. New York Times, Nov. 15, 1918.) The Senate Military Affairs sub-committee estimated that 12,155,000 pounds of explosives were destroyed, and blamed Army policy for storing too much ammunition at the site. (Blame For Morgan Blast. New York Times, Feb. 23, 1919.)
Directors re-elected "as representatives of the policy holders:"
Thomas Spratt, Eben B. Thomas, J. Edward Swanstrom, Wallace L. Pierce,
Thomas A. Gillespie, Eugenius H. Outerbridge, and Willis McCook.
Directors re-elected by the stockholders were Gage E. Tarbell, A. De
Navarro, Paul Morton, T. De Witt Cuyler, L.P. Morton, W.S. Redfield,
W.C. Van Horne, and W.A. Day. J.P. Morgan held 502 of the 735 shares
represented; these were in the names of George Westinghouse and
ex-Justice Morgan J. O'Brien, who voted their stock in person.
(Equitable Unmuturalized. New York Times, Dec. 8, 1910.)
In 1916, John L. Swayze, general counsel of the New York Telephone
Company, told the Thompson Legislative Committee that the company had
tapped 350 telephones, on the order of N.Y.C. Police Commissioner Arthur Woods. One of the
taps was on the phone of law firm Seymour & Seymour, whose office
was at 120 Broadway in the Equitable Building. John S. Seymour said he
had read about it in the newspapers and hired a detective agency, which
told him that another detective agency had had it done, but could find
no evidence. He said that there had been no criminal investigation
going on at their office, "but there was a large business transaction -
a munitions transaction for the Allies with large interests on both
sides," in which the J.P. Morgan firm "had a financial interest in the
parties who were not our clients, but who were dealing with our
clients." (Seymour Wires Tapped on Order Given By Woods. New York
Times, May 18, 1916.) John Sammis Seymour was a member of Skull &
Bones, 1875 (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale Univeraity Deceased
during the Year 1930-1931, p. 47.) His brother and law partner,
Frederick Seymour, Yale 1881, was a director of the Western Cartridge
Company and the Equitable Powder Manufacturing Co. (Obituary Record of
Yale Graduates 1923-1924, p. 89.)
New directors: Charles D. Norton and William B. Skinner, four-year
class; Charles D. Barney, George C. Boldt, three-year class; John D.
Crimmins, Alton B. Parker, Samuel Rea,
Douglas Robinson, Norman B. Ream,
and Samuel M. Felton, two-year class. They filled vacancies and brought
the total to the full quota of fifty-two members. (New Equitable
Directors. New York Times, Dec. 7, 1911.)
Directors: Charles B. Alexander, Charles D. Barney, John N. Beach,
E.W. Bloomingdale, George C. Boldt, Abraham Brittin, John D. Crimmins,
Thomas DeWitt Cuyler, William A. Day (President), Henry W. deForest,
Samuel M. Felton, James B. Forgan, Thomas A. Gillespie, Robert Goelet,
Alexander C. Humphreys, Bradish Johnson, John D. Kernan, Charles E.
Littlefield, Arthur H. Lowe, John B. Lunger (Vice President), John T.
Manson, Willis F. McCook, Edward DeV. Morrell, Joy Morton, Levi P.
Morton, Alfonso De Navarro, Ludwig Nissen, Charles D. Norton, Eugenius
H. Outerbridge, William E. Paine, Alton B. Parker, Wallace L. Pierce,
Tom Randolph, Samuel Rea, E.W. Robertson, J.G. Schmidlapp, William
Skinner, Thomas W. Slocum, V.P. Snyder, Thomas Spratt, Gage E. Tarbell,
Eben B. Thomas, Sir William C. Van Horne, Richard H. Williams, George
T. Wilson (2d Vice President), Frank S. Witherbee. William Alexander,
Secretary. Medical directors: T.H. Rockwell, F.C. Wells. (Directory of
Directors in the City of New York, 1915 Vol. 1939.)
"The stock of the Equitable has had a variety of ownerships since
the insurance investigation. Prior to that time it was held by the Hyde
family, under whose ownership the late E.H. Harriman obtained the use
of large parts of the Society's funds. Harriman and Hyde quarreled,
which did much to bring on the investigation. At a time when Harriman
was thought to be after the stock, Thomas F. Ryan stepped in and bought
the 502 shares which the Hyde family held. This led to a feud between
Harriman and Ryan, already in embryo, and the railroad builder, when
asked at the investigation if he had been trying to get the stock and
whether he had succeeded, made his famous reply, 'Not yet, but soon.'
"In 1909 the late J.P. Morgan bought the controlling interest. He
got part of the stock from Ryan and a part from the Harriman estate,
thus showing that Mr. Harriman did get part of it from Ryan. Charles A
Peabody, who acted as counsel for the Harriman estate, said last night
that half of what Morgan got came from the Harriman estate. Mr. Morgan
formed mutualization plans because, he said to a friend, he wished to
remove the Equitable as a menace to the financial situation. A
committee on mutualization was formed, and when General [T. Coleman] du
Pont got the control in 1915 he pledged himself to lend aid to the
mutualization plans. He bought the stock shortly after he had sold his
interest in the E.I. de Nemours-du Pont Powder Company, of which he had
been the head, for a sum said to have been $26,000,000."
There were 436 shares of minority stock. The minority shareholders included Franklin B. Lord, personal counsel to New York Governor Whitman, representing the Lord estate; the estate of former President Grover Cleveland; Charles B. Alexander; Thomas DeWitt Cuyler of Philadelphia; Chauncey M. Depew; Marcellus Hartley Dodge; Hornblower & Weeks; James H. Hyde; Samuel W. Lambert; the MacLaren estate; Levi P. Morton; Valentine P. Snyder; Thomas Spratt; Gage E. Tarbell; Spencer Trask estate; George T. Wilson; and the Hurlbut estate. Members of the Mutualization Committee of the board of directors were Thomas Spratt, chairman; T. de Witt Cuyler, Joy Morton, Eugenius H. Outerbridge, Charles D. Norton, and John D. Kernan. Judge William A. Day was president of the Equitable. (Sells Equitable to Policy Holders. New York Times, Jul. 22, 1917.)
The Equitable Building at 120 Broadway was Antony C. Sutton's "New
York Headquarters for Revolution," including the 1917 mission to aid
the Bolsheviks in Russia. "The original building at 120 Broadway was
destroyed by fire before World War I. Subsequently the site was sold to
the Equitable Office Building Corporation, organized by General T.
Coleman du Pont, president of du Pont de Nemours Powder Company. A new
building was completed in 1915 and the Equitable Life Assurance Company
moved back to its old site. In passing we should note an interesting
interlock in Equitable history. In 1916 the cashier of the Berlin
Equitable Life office was William Schacht, the father of Hjalmar Horace
Greeley Schacht — later to become Hitler's banker, and financial
genie. William Schacht was an American citizen, worked thirty years for
Equitable in Germany, and owned a Berlin house known as "Equitable
Villa." Before joining Hitler, young Hjalmar Schacht served as a member
of the Workers and Soldiers Council (a soviet) of Zehlendoff; this he
left in 1918 to join the board of the Nationalbank fur Deutschland. His
codirector at DONAT was Emil Wittenberg, who, with Max May of Guaranty
Trust Company of New York, was a director of the first Soviet
international bank, Ruskombank."
"In any event, the building at 120 Broadway was in 1917 known as the Equitable Life Building. A large building, although by no means the largest office building in New York City, it occupies a one-block area at Broadway and Pine, and has thirty-four floors. The Bankers Club was located on the thirty-fourth floor. The tenant list in 1917 in effect reflected American involvement in the Bolshevik Revolution and its aftermath. For example, the headquarters of the No. 2 District of the Federal Reserve System — the New York area — by far the most important of the Federal Reserve districts, was located at 120 Broadway. The offices of several individual directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and, most important, the American International Corporation were also at 120 Broadway. By way of contrast, Ludwig Martens, appointed by the Soviets as the first Bolshevik "ambassador" to the United States and head of the Soviet Bureau, was in 1917 the vice president of Weinberg & Posner — and also had offices at 120 Broadway." (Chapter 8, 120 Broadway, New York City. In: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, by Antony C. Sutton.)Ch. 8, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution / Reformed Theology
Elgood C. Lufkin was the son of Chauncey S. Lufkin, "manager for
half a century of all of the producing branches of the Standard Oil
Company, and discoverer and developer of the Rumanian oil fields... Mr.
Lufkin, from 1889 until the dissolution of the Standard Oil Trust, was
the world expert of the Rockefeller corporation." He died in Lima,
Ohio. His son, Elgood C. Lufkin, was president of the Texas Oil Company
(Chauncey S. Lufkin, Well Finder of Standard, Dead. Boston Daily Globe,
Feb. 23, 1918). Elgood C. Lufkin graduated from MIT as a mechanical
engineer in 1888. He became a vice president of the Texas Company in
1909, and was a director of the Peoples Bank of Buffalo, N.Y. (Ad. 38.
Bankers' Magazine, Dec. 1910;81(6):XIX), and later of the newly-formed
Mercantile Trust & Deposit Company, of 115 Broadway, New York,
whose directorate was "exceptionally strong and represents some of the
strongest business and financial interests in the United States"
(Display Ad 3. New York Times, Sep. 25, 1917 p. 2; The Mercantile Trust
Company. Bankers' Magazine, Nov. 1919;99(5):693.). He became chairman
of the board of the Texas Company in 1920, until resigning in 1926. He
was later a director of the Equitable Trust Company of New York
(Display Ad 127. New York Times, Jan. 3, 1930 p. 38; Elgood C. Lufkin,
Oil Leader, Dead. New York Times, Oct. 10, 1935; Mrs. Elgood C. Lufkin.
New York Times, Jan. 2, 1942.)
One son, Elgood Moulton Lufkin, S&B 1925, married Marie Murray McDonnell, the widow of John Vincent McDonnell, S&B 1911, a Tulsa, Oklahoma oilman who died of leukemia in 1926 after they had been married just two years. (Mrs. McDonnell to Wed. New York Times, Oct. 31, 1929; McDonnell-Murray. New York Times, Oct. 9, 1924; John V. M'Donnell, Oil Producer, Dies. New York Times, May 25, 1926.) Marie Murray was the daughter of Thomas E. Murray, a vice president of the New York Edison Company. Her brothers were Joseph Bradley Murray, Yale 1910, and Thomas E. Murray Jr., Yale 1911. (Wed by Bishop McDonnell. New York Times, May 25, 1916; John Vincent McDonnell, B.A. 1911, Obituary Record of Yale Graduates, 1925-1926, p. 204.)Obituary Record of Yale Graduates, 1925-1926 / Yale University Library (pdf, 350 pp)
Elgood C. Lufkin was the grandfather of Dan W. Lufkin, Skull & Bones 1953, of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. The Equitable acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and its money management arm, Alliance Capital Management, L.P., in 1985. In 1991, the Equitable was demutualized again, and French insurer AXA Group invested $1 billion in Equitable. Richard H. Jenrette was Chairman and CEO of The Equitable Companies, Inc. In 2004, AXA Equitable acquired Mutual of New York (MONY).
Directors: Henry M. Alexander, William Seaman Bainbridge, Charles D. Barney, Edward C. Blum, Ralph Budd, Joseph P. Chamberlain, J. Reuben Clark Jr., Bertram Cutler, Francis B. Davis Jr., Robert E. Dodds, John C.B. Ehringhaus, William J. Graham, John F. Harris, Robert C. Hill, Frederick P. Keppel, Francis K. Kernan, Richard W. Lawrence, Sam A. Lewisohn, Russell B. Lowe, John T. Manson, Edwin P. Maynard, George V. McLaughlin, John Bassett Moore, George Welwood Murray, John Lord O'Brian, Thomas L. Parkinson, Leonard Peckett, John J. Pelley, Horace D. Pillsbury, Seward Prosser, William Roberts, William Skinner, Jessie Slingluff, C. Carroll Todd. (Insurance Bosses Used Jobs to Further Their Own Interests, SEC Says. By Charles W. Holmburg. The Capital Times, Mar. 13, 1941.)
Mark Winfield Cresap [Jr.], Willard Francis McCormick, and Richard
M. Paget organized this management consulting firm in 1946. It
a snall office with a secretary and one staff member. They met several
years before, when Cresap was a colonel in Gen. Brehon Somvereli's
Service of Supply, McCormick was an executive of United States Steel,
and Paget was a member of the staff of Frank Knox,
Secretary of the Navy. Its first big customer was the Ford Motor
Company, and the firm moved to a suite at 20 Pine Street by 1948. Mark
W. Cresap reorganized sales management at the Westinghouse Electric
Corporation, then joined it as vice president and assistant to
President Gwilym Price in 1951, becoming president in 1958. He
graduated from Williams College and the Harvard Graduate School of
Business Administration. His first position was at Booz, Allen &
Hamilton. (Personality. A Triumvir at Westinghouse. New York Times,
Jan. 19, 1958.) Mark W. Cresap Jr. was from Winnetka, Ill. He married a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reed, granddaughter of Frederic Foster Carey.
(Madeleine C. Reed Ex-Colonel's Bride. New York Times, Sep. 9, 1948.)
He was a director of the Mellon National Bank and Trust Company and a
trustee of the Rand Corporation. (Mark W. Cresap Jr. Dies at 53;
Ex-President of Westinghouse. New York Times, Jul. 29, 1963.) Mark W.
Cresap Sr. graduated from Northwestern University in 1898. He was a
founder of its School of Commerce in 1908, and was a member of its
board of trustees. He was chairman of Hart, Schaffner & Marx, a
director of the First National Bank and United Air Lines. (M.W. Cresap
Dead; Noted Clothier, 69. New York Times, May 31, 1942.) "Mr. McCormick
was senior partner until the firm was incorporated in 1969, when he was
named chairman. He remained chairman while the company was owned by
Citicorp from 1970 to 1977, after it went private again and when it
merged with Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby. He retained the title
of chairman until retiring in 1987. Mr. McCormick was a former governor
of the Foreign Policy Association, a trustee of the Thomas Alva Edison
Foundation and a member of the Cardinal's Committee for the Laity. He
had also been on the boards of the Carborundum Company, the Chicago
Pneumatic Tool Company, Farrell Steamship Lines, the Midland Capital
Corporation and the Schering-Plough Corporation." He was born in
Tonawanda, N.Y. He joined the Remington Rand Company in 1920, and
United States Steel in 1938. (Willard F. McCormick, 85, Dies; Led
Management Consulting Firm. New York Times, Apr. 11, 1989.)