Caroline Astor

Caroline Astor

Original Name Caroline Schermerhorn
Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Oct 1908 (aged 78)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Plot Westerly Division, Lots 827-839 (Astor Mausoleum)
Memorial ID 1809 · View Source
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Socialite. Daughter of a wealthy merchant family whose ancestors were among New York's first Dutch settlers. After finishing her education in Europe, she married William Backhouse Astor Jr., a son of one of America’s richest families, in 1853. The couple had five children. Mrs. Astor created "the Four Hundred," a social list comprised of a carefully selected group of upper-class families. The Astor’s purchased Beechwood in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1881. Beechwood became the center of Newport social life during the Astor’s' eight-week summer season. In 1883, Alva Vanderbilt organized a masquerade ball in New York during the winter season, shunned by Alva Mrs. Astor called on the Vanderbilt’s in return for an invitation to the Vanderbilt ball. In 1892 her husband William Astor died leaving her son John Jacob Astor IV the richest man in America. in 1893 Caroline and her son moved into a Richard Morris Hunt designed Italianate double mansion at 840 Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, it was there in 1905 that Mrs. Astor gave her last great party. A few days after the party, Caroline Astor, dowager queen of New York society, fell on her staircase and broke her hip. She was 75. The fall broke her spirit as well. Confined to a wheelchair, she died three years later in 1908. Caroline’s funeral was held at her Fifth avenue mansion, and she was entombed in the Astor family mausoleum at Trinity Cemetery.

Bio by: Bobby Kelley



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Astor (22 Sep 1830–30 Oct 1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 1809, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .