Edith Stuyvesant <I>Dresser</I> Gerry

Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Gerry

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
21 Dec 1958 (aged 85)
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial
Bovina, Delaware County, New York, USA
Memorial ID
41957577 View Source

Note: Remains removed from Swan Point Cemetery at Rhode Island on May 4, 1959 to Lake Delaware Cemetery in New York.
Per June 24, 1920 Passport Application, her place of birth was New York, New York.

She was the daughter of Colonel George Warren Dresser (1838-1883) and Susan Fish LeRoy Dresseer (1834-1883).
In 1898, she married George Washington Vanderbilt, the youngest son of William K. Vanderbilt, at Paris, France.
They were the parents of one child.
On October 22, 1925 as Edith Vanderbilt, she married Senator Peter G. Gerry of Rhode Island at Princes Row Registry Office, London, England.

After the death of her parents, she and her siblings were raised at Newport, Rhode Island by their maternal grandparents, Daniel LeRoy and Susan Elizabeth Fish LeRoy. At her death, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Vanderbilt Gerry, was reputed to be one of the wealthiest women in Rhode Island. She was a direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch colonial governor of New York. In 1914, when her husband died after developing 100,000 acres of real estate at Biltmore near Asheville, North Carolina, she and her daughter were the heirs to his $50 million estate.

She was a notable hostess in the District of Columbia and in 1927, she became the President of the Congressional Club whose members were the spouses of members of Congress. Senator Gerry retired in 1947. When he died in 1957, she was the majority heir to his estate. Survivors included a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Frances Bulkeley-Johnson of London; two grandsons, George V. Cecil of Biltmore, North Carolina and William Cecil, Vice President of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and two sisters, the Vicomtesse Suzanne D'Osmoy and Mrs. George Grenville Merrill, both of Newport, Rhode Island.
Sources: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday, December 22, 1958 and The Greensboro Record, Monday, December 22, 1958.

Note: Remains removed from Swan Point Cemetery at Rhode Island on May 4, 1959 to Lake Delaware Cemetery in New York.
Per June 24, 1920 Passport Application, her place of birth was New York, New York.

She was the daughter of Colonel George Warren Dresser (1838-1883) and Susan Fish LeRoy Dresseer (1834-1883).
In 1898, she married George Washington Vanderbilt, the youngest son of William K. Vanderbilt, at Paris, France.
They were the parents of one child.
On October 22, 1925 as Edith Vanderbilt, she married Senator Peter G. Gerry of Rhode Island at Princes Row Registry Office, London, England.

After the death of her parents, she and her siblings were raised at Newport, Rhode Island by their maternal grandparents, Daniel LeRoy and Susan Elizabeth Fish LeRoy. At her death, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Vanderbilt Gerry, was reputed to be one of the wealthiest women in Rhode Island. She was a direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch colonial governor of New York. In 1914, when her husband died after developing 100,000 acres of real estate at Biltmore near Asheville, North Carolina, she and her daughter were the heirs to his $50 million estate.

She was a notable hostess in the District of Columbia and in 1927, she became the President of the Congressional Club whose members were the spouses of members of Congress. Senator Gerry retired in 1947. When he died in 1957, she was the majority heir to his estate. Survivors included a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Frances Bulkeley-Johnson of London; two grandsons, George V. Cecil of Biltmore, North Carolina and William Cecil, Vice President of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and two sisters, the Vicomtesse Suzanne D'Osmoy and Mrs. George Grenville Merrill, both of Newport, Rhode Island.
Sources: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday, December 22, 1958 and The Greensboro Record, Monday, December 22, 1958.


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