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Emily Thorn Vanderbilt White
Birth: Jan. 31, 1852
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1946
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA

Emily Vanderbilt Sloane White. Second daughter, and fourth child, of William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885), and Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821-1896); grandaughter of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), founder of the family fortune. Wife of William Douglas Sloane (1844-1915), president of the W. & J. Sloane Company; furniture makers and decorators. Charitably minded, together they founded the Sloane Maternity Hospital in New York, the first of its kind. Renowned hostess of New York aristocracy's golden era, who, along with her sister, Florence Vanderbilt Twombly; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt; and friends, Ruth Livingston Mills, and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry, came to exercise complete dominance over "Old Guard" New York and Newport Society. Widowed five years, in 1920 she married superb diplomat, and family friend, Henry White, a widower of age seventy. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, "The most useful man in the entire diplomatic service." Widowed again, in 1927, she lived on for another score of years entertaining at her New York townhouse, and at her vast country estate, 'Elm Court', in Lenox, Massachusetts ~ of 93 rooms it was the largest shingle-style house ever constructed; its greenhouses, providing flowers and fruits in all seasons, covered over two acres of land. At moments she had moved those on Fifth Avenue, and in Lenox, with the fatal luxury of her exquisite maroon Rolls Royce, of the Vanderbilt fleet. Her ample fortune allowing such elegance throughout her lifetime. Passing away peacefully in Lenox, her service was held there at Trinity Church, with music provided by her favorite organist, Archer Gibson, assisted by Johnston F. Stewart.
Biography compiled and written by Robert Bruce 
Family links: 
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)
  Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821 - 1896)
  Henry White (1850 - 1927)
  William Douglas Sloane (1844 - 1915)*
  Emily Vanderbilt Sloane Hammond (1874 - 1970)*
  Lila Vanderbilt Sloane Field (1878 - 1934)*
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1843 - 1899)*
  Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt Shepard (1845 - 1924)*
  William Kissam Vanderbilt (1849 - 1920)*
  Emily Thorn Vanderbilt White (1852 - 1946)
  Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (1854 - 1952)*
  Frederick William Vanderbilt (1855 - 1938)*
  Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb (1860 - 1936)*
  George Washington Vanderbilt (1862 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Moravian Cemetery
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Plot: Vanderbilt Cemetery
Created by: R. Bruce
Record added: Jan 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33411749
Emily Thorn <i>Vanderbilt</i> White
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Emily Thorn <i>Vanderbilt</i> White
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Emily Thorn <i>Vanderbilt</i> White
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- Christopher Donald Conger
 Added: Aug. 14, 2016
Remembering Emily Vanderbilt Sloane White on this 70th Anniversary of her passing. A view of the Dining Room at 'Elm Court' ~ her magnificent country estate at Lenox, Massachusetts.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Jul. 28, 2016
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