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Elizabeth Drexel Dahlgren
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Birth: 1868
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 1944
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Daughter of Joseph Wilhelm Drexel and Lucy Wharton. Wife of John Vinton Dahlgren, Harry S, Lehr and John Graham Hope de la Poer Beresford (Lord Decies). First cousin to Saint Katharine Drexel.

Obit- Time Mag. Monday, Jun. 26, 1944
Died. Lady Decies, 72, prominent socialite of the prewar Paris-New York set; of coronary thrombosis; in Manhattan. The daughter of Philadelphia Banker Joseph William Drexel, wealthy "Bessie" was a widow at 27, at 29 married Harry Symes Lehr, the Mauve Decade's "court jester" to U.S. Society. Under his tutelage she became the lush favorite of the Four Hundred, told much if not all in a bitter book ("King Lehr" and the Gilded Age) written after his death in 1929. Among the book's revelations: Lehr was a homosexual and had consented to marry only after she offered him $25,000 a year and expenses. When she was 64, she decided she wanted to "attend the coronation," married Lord Decies (and outlived him by four months). Quitting Paris for the U.S. when the Nazis invaded, Lady Decies continued her society shenanigans, to the edification of provincial Americans. Her bejeweled presence kept society reporters scratching for phrases to surpass the brash New York Daily News's report of her wearing a tiara "the size of a nail keg."

Author:
"King Lehr" and the Gilded Age (1935)
"Turn of the World" (1937)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph William Drexel (1833 - 1888)
  Lucy Wharton Drexel (1841 - 1912)
 
 Spouses:
  Harry Lehr (1869 - 1929)
  John Graham Hope de la Poer Horsley-Beresford (1866 - 1944)
  John Vinton Dahlgren (1868 - 1899)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Drexel Dahlgren (1890 - 1891)*
  John Vinton Dahlgren (1892 - 1964)*
 
 Sibling:
  Katherine Drexel Penrose (1866 - 1918)**
  Elizabeth Drexel Dahlgren (1868 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Georgetown University
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Dahlgren Memorial Chapel
 
Created by: zrustfamily
Record added: Jan 05, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23768034
Elizabeth <i>Drexel</i> Dahlgren
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Elizabeth <i>Drexel</i> Dahlgren
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Elizabeth <i>Drexel</i> Dahlgren
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