|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1842|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 1922|
New Jersey, USA
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 1922
NOTED COLLECTOR AND LAWYER DEAD
Cornelius Stevenson Succumbs to Injuries in Taxi Accident
Member of Old Philadelphia Family and Veteran of the Civil War
Cornelius Stevenson, lawyer, art patron and socially prominent, died yesterday in an Atlantic City Hotel, after an illness dating from July 1921, when he was struck by a taxicab at Broad and Chancellor streets. He was eighty years old.
Mr. Stevenson 's death wipes our his immediate family and the third to occur in his family in less than a year. His wife, who died on November 21, was widely known as an Egyptologist, publicist, critic and writer, She was formerly Miss Sarah Yorke. His son William Yorke Stevenson, died in April after a short illness.
SERVED IN CIVIL WAR
Mr. Stevenson's death was due to an acute heart attack, according to his physician, Dr. Guernsey Williams. Dr. Williams said Mr. Stevenson had been suffering from chronic heart disease for some time, and that his condition was aggravated by the injuries and shock sustained by the accident.
He went to Atlantic City the first of the month, stopping at a beach front hotel with his sisters, Mrs. Frederick Thurston Mason and Mrs. John H. Easby. A week ago his condition became so serious he was confined to bed.
Mr. Stevenson, who was born in Philadelphia in 1842, was the son of A. May Stevenson and Anna Phillips. He was educated in private schools, and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1863. By both birth and marriage he was connected with families long prominent in this city.
Before he had finished his college course and shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted with the First City Troop. He was mustered in for emergency service in 1862, when Lee's first invasion of the north threatened Philadelphia. In June 1863, he was with the troop when it entrained for Harrisburg on the eve of the Gettysburg campaign, and during the next month saw continuous service in the field. He was in several engagements, notable at Chambersburg, Pa.
Mr. Stevenson was married on June 30, 1870. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson had a home on Twenty-first street below Walnut where they entertained extensively. Mr. Stevenson's law office was at 707 Walnut street.
KEEN ON ANTIQUES
An enthusiastic collector of antiques and other curios, Mr. Stevenson possessed a large and valuable collection of ancient armor and many rare specimens of watches. He also collected autographs. His collection of autographs and autograph signed letters of the Marshals of Emperor Napoleon 1, is said to be the finest and most complete in America. He was a member of the Art Club and a vice-president of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society.
Mr. Stevenson is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frederick Thurston Mason, who through her leadership of the celebrated Monday evening Dancing Class, was for many years a social dictator in this city, and Mrs. John H. Easby, of 311 South Sixteenth street, whose son, M. Stevenson Easby, married Miss Henrietta Large, daughter of the late John B. Large, of this city and granddaughter of the late Major General George Gordon Meade."
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section T Lot 190 to 195
Maintained by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Originally Created by: Meges
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
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