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Harry Lehr
Original name: Henry Symes Lehr
Birth: Mar. 28, 1869
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1929
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

Renowned as "America's Court Jester", whose wit enlivened the drawing rooms of Society's "Four Hundred" of New York and Newport, at the turn of the century. Son of Robert Oliver Lehr (1832-1890), prosperous Baltimore businessman; American Consul of Portugal and Belgium, governor of the prestigious Maryland Club, and Mary Frances Moore Lehr (1834-1922), a reigning beauty of Baltimore Society. Without possessing wealth himself he obtained a place among the most wealthy, and the most refined, in the land. Harry Lehr made himself a career of being popular. He was heralded in newspapers as New York Society's "Beau Brummell", and set the fashion for the American man. Wherever he led, the whole of the smart set would be certain to follow. His early success in amateur theatricals at Baltimore's 'Paint and Powder Club' led to an invitation from wealthy Newport summer resident, Evelyn Moale Townsend Burden. It was in Newport that he met and charmed Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, "The" Mrs. Astor, and where, afterwards, became 'persona grata' in the most exclusive circle. Lehr's empire of laughter extended throughout America and spread to Europe, but it was at Newport that his throne was most firmly established ~ the perfect setting for his escapades. He was the most popular man in the social set in which he belonged, or rather, of which he became the pivot, in those days of luxury and magnificence. Posing as the Czar of Russia, to enliven a Newport entertainment, landed him the title, "King Lehr," the term clung to him ever after. Harry Lehr succumbed to complications from major surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in his native city of Baltimore, after a long term of residence in his beloved Paris, France. (bio by: Robert Bruce) 
 
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  Elizabeth Drexel Dahlgren (1868 - 1944)*
 
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Burial:
Green Mount Cemetery
Baltimore
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Robert Bruce
Record added: Jul 30, 2007
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GOD Bless you and all who do... and/or come here to view too!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: May. 9, 2014
Remembering Harry Lehr on this Anniversary of his Birth ~ as he appeared in a whimsical photo taken in 1906.
- Robert Bruce
 Added: Mar. 28, 2014

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Mar. 28, 2014
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