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Louisine Waldron Elder Havemeyer
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Birth: Jul. 28, 1855
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1929
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Suffragist. She was Dega's first patron wife of Henry Havemeyer.

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A student in Paris, she met Mary Cassatt and saved to purchase a Degas, becoming his first American patron. She married Henry Osborne Havemeyer on August 22, 1883 and had three children. Their Fifth Avenue home was designed by architect Charles Haight and the interior designed entirely by Louis C. Tiffany studios. After her husband’s death in 1907 she continued to collect art but also became involved in the woman suffrage movement. She helped Alice Paul found the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, later the National Women’s Party, in 1913. The only time she ever exhibited her art collection was to benefit this organization. She gave public speeches and popularized the “Torch of Liberty”, passed state to state in 1915. In 1919 she attempted to set fire to an effigy of President Wilson on the White House lawn. After being imprisoned for three days, she joined militants in the “Prison Special” train which toured the country for a month.

Her will bequeathed 142 art objects to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and she encouraged her children to do likewise.

Information from Notable American Women 1607-1950: a Biographical Dictionary with the entry by Neil Harris. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George W Elder (1829 - 1873)
  Matilda Adelaide Waldron Elder (1834 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  Henry Osborne Havemeyer (1847 - 1907)
 
 Children:
  Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen (1884 - 1963)*
  Horace Havemeyer (1886 - 1956)*
  Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888 - 1960)*
 
 Siblings:
  Louisine Waldron Elder Havemeyer (1855 - 1929)
  Adeline Mapes Elder Peters (1859 - 1943)*
  George Waldron Elder (1860 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 02, 1998
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