Eleanor Tydings <I>Davies</I> Ditzen

Eleanor Tydings Davies Ditzen

Birth
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 6 Jun 2006 (aged 102)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section R11, Lot 244
Memorial ID 138213592 · View Source
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Daughter of Ambassador Joseph E. Davies and Mary Emlen Knight Davies. Married first, Thomas Patton Cheesborough (divorced). Married second, Millard D. Tydings. Married third, the Rev. Lowell Russell Ditzen.

Eleanor Davies Tydings Ditzen, who was the wife of one U.S. senator from Maryland and the mother of another and counted among her friends presidents ranging from Woodrow Wilson to Bill Clinton, has died. She was 102.

Ditzen died Tuesday of multiple organ failure at her home in Washington.

Her father, Joseph M. Davies, was a corporate lawyer. After working for Woodrow Wilson's election, he moved his family to Washington in 1913. Ditzen would describe being bounced on President Wilson's knee. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt named her father ambassador to Moscow.

After her divorce from Thomas Patton Cheesborough Jr., she married Sen. Millard D. Tydings, a conservative Maryland Democrat considered one of Washington's most eligible bachelors, in 1935.

Her husband served in the Senate from 1926 to 1950, when his opposition to the tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy helped lead to his defeat by Republican John Marshall Butler. In 1956, he won his party's nomination but withdrew because of illness. Tydings died in 1961.

In 1964, Ditzen married the Rev. Lowell Russell Ditzen, a Presbyterian minister who died in 1987.


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  • Created by: HWA
  • Added: 2 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138213592
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor Tydings Davies Ditzen (27 Apr 1904–6 Jun 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138213592, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by HWA (contributor 46565033) .