|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1885|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1954|
Youngest daughter of Hamilton McKown Twombly (1849-1910), railroad and mining magnate, and Florence Vanderbilt Twombly (1854-1952); great-grandaughter of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877)- the Founder of the family fortune in steamships and railroads. Notable sportswoman in the field of coaching and tennis; philanthropist, founder of "The Opportunity Shop" in Manhattan, where unused furnishings from wealthy friends and family members were sold for the benefit of charity; unpublicized donor to the New York Hospital. Accomplished businesswoman whose administrative abilities oversaw the family's investments, through their business office, "The Twombly Estates", and operation of their three renowned homes - a New York townhouse, which was the last great private house to be built on Fifth Avenue; "Vinland", a wholesome 'cottage' of forty rooms on Ochre Point in Newport, Rhode Island, the established summer resort of America's wealthiest families; and "Florham", a mansion of ninety-eight rooms situated on an estate of over a thousand acres in Convent Station, New Jersey. Ruth Twombly directed the activities of over one hundred and twenty employees on this magnificent country estate that included a carriage house and stables, garages for fifteen automobiles - several of which were Rolls Royces in the Vanderbilt color of maroon, a dozen greenhouses, a farm and dairy operation of several hundred prized Guernsey cattle - the largest such private breeding farm in the country; as well as managing the smaller staffs at the New York and Newport residences. After the death of her father, in 1910, Ruth Twombly assumed all management of the three family homes so ably that her mother, the legendary "Mrs. Twombly", could focus on her activities as the unequaled leader of "Old Guard" New York and Newport Society.
Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly succumbed to heart failure while staying at the Ritz Hotel, visiting her beloved Paris.
Note: Find A Grave Memorials also entered for both Miss Twombly's mother, Florence Vanderbilt Twombly ~ and for the Twombly family chef, Joseph Donon.
New York, USA
Created by: Robert Bruce
Record added: Jan 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46773482
Remembering Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly on this Anniversary of her birth. A view of the alcove of the Great Hall at 'Florham', the magnificent Twombly country home at Convent Station, New Jersey.|
Added: Apr. 15, 2014
Remembering Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly on this Anniversary of her passing. A view of the Gate Lodge at "Vinland" ~ the Twombly summer estate at Newport.|
Added: Sep. 1, 2013
Remembering Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly on this Anniversary of her Birth ~ a view of her living room in the 'Playhouse' at "Florham", the Twombly country estate.|
Added: Apr. 15, 2013
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