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Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly
Birth: Jan. 8, 1854
New Dorp
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1952
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly - Third daughter of William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885), and Maria Louisa Kissam (1821-1896). Last surviving grandaughter of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), founder of the fortune. Widow of Hamilton McKown Twombly (1849-1910), railroad executive and director of fifty-nine corporations.
Elegant, proud, and vastly rich; supreme hostess of New York aristocracy's golden era. Who, along with her sister, Emily Vanderbilt Sloane White; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II; and friends Mrs. Ruth Livingston Mills, and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry, came to exercise complete dominance over "Old Guard" New York and Newport Society. Insisting, as did her siblings, on such architectural glories as a forty-room seaside mansion at Newport, Rhode Island; a vast country estate, "Florham", at Convent Station, New Jersey, and a New York townhouse at 1 East 71st Street - a noble palace designed by Whitney Warren, that was the last great private home to be built on Fifth Avenue. Her fleet of elegant motorcars, as well as the livery of her servitors, was in the very color (maroon) of the House of Vanderbilt. Florence Vanderbilt Twombly secured the talents of that utmost chef, Joseph Donon; pupil of Escoffier, and who was the master of Mrs. Twombly's
kitchens for four decades. She did nothing to restrain her chef and his efforts were elevating; the service at table was exquisite. Her superbly run household, managed by her capable daughter, Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly, who, as well, shared an affection for the lavish, ran effortlessly.
Happily the farm and glasshouses at "Florham" provided the produce, meats, and flowers upon which the ultimate hostess insisted. Her fortune, providing attractive dividends from railroads and mining, permitted such luxuries during that golden evening of affluence. A way of life that is gone now, forever. Nor will it return, for the past returns not, but must live on in the perpetual inventory of wonderful things remembered.

Note: Find A Grave Memorials also entered for daughter Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly ~ and for Joseph Donon, Mrs. Twombly's chef.



 
 
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 Parents:
  William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)
  Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Hamilton McKown Twombly (1849 - 1910)
 
 Children:
  Alice Twombly (1879 - 1896)*
  Florence Vanderbilt Twombly Burden (1881 - 1969)*
  Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly (1885 - 1954)*
  Hamilton McKown Twombly (1888 - 1906)*
 
 Siblings:
  Cornelius Vanderbilt (1843 - 1899)*
  Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt Shepard (1845 - 1924)*
  Allen Vanderbilt (1846 - 1847)*
  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
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Plot: Oak Hill Lot
GPS (lat/lon): 40.88975, -73.8728
 
Created by: R. Bruce
Record added: Jan 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46770694
Florence Adele <i>Vanderbilt</i> Twombly
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Florence Adele <i>Vanderbilt</i> Twombly
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Florence Adele <i>Vanderbilt</i> Twombly
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Remembering Mrs. Twombly on this 65th Anniversary of her passing. Pictured ~ the east rose garden terrace at 'Florham' the Twombly country estate circa 1936.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Apr. 11, 2017
Remembering Mrs. Twombly on this Anniversary of her birth. A view of the alcove at Florham showing one of the tapestries originally created for the Barberini Palace in Rome.
- R. Bruce
 Added: Jan. 8, 2017
She had to be nice-she had an organ in her house.
- Bernard Johnson
 Added: Sep. 6, 2016
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