Natalie <I>Harris</I> Hammond

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Natalie Harris Hammond

  • Birth 28 Sep 1859 Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 18 Jun 1931 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Plot Section 185, Lot 21229.
  • Memorial ID 59167454

Natalie Harris Hammond was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the daughter of Judge James Harris and Mary Lum Harris. She met her husband, John Hays Hammond when they were students in Germany. He was an engineering student in Freiburg and she studied music in Dresden. They were married on January 1, 1881 at Hancock, Maryland. She accompanied her husband to Mexico and later South Africa. Her husband and three of his companions who participated in the Jameson Raid were sentenced to death by Paul Kruger, President of the South African Republic, with commutation to imprisonment.

We have suffered many hardships in common and during my early life at the mines I have known what it was to be underfed and cold. I have slept with my baby on my breast under a cart in the dust of the highroad. We have traveled together in every known sort of vehicle – bullock wagon, cape cart and private Pullman. For days at a time, my saddle has been the only pillow I have known at night. I have always been my husband’s comrade, his greatest admirer and his best friend.

She was the author of The Boers and the Uitlanders and A Woman’s Part in a Revolution. When her husband was appointed Special Ambassador to England to attend the coronation of King George V in 1911, she acted as his hostess. She founded and was chair of the Women’s Department of the National Civic Federation and was active in prison reform. In 1916 she founded the Militia of Mercy in New York. The organization was instrumental in combating infantile paralysis and treating children of the poor. It later became the official agency for aiding dependent families of volunteer sailors in the American forces. She was also active in the Children’s Christmas Fund, which sent gifts to children of nations at war. In 1912, she co-founded the Women’s Titanic Memorial Association. She came to the District of Columbia with her husband during the administration of President Taft. In 1913, they returned to New York, but returned to the District in 1917, settling in the estate on Kalorama Road. She died on Thursday, June 18, 1931 at her home, 2221 Kalorama Road [currently the official residence of the French Ambassador] after an illness of several weeks. Cause of death was described as a short, severe attack of encephalitis lethargica, known as sleeping sickness. She was predeceased by son, Nathaniel Harris. Survivors included her husband, John Hays Hammond, an internationally renowned engineer; Harris Hammond; John Hays Hammond Jr.; Natalie Hays Hammond and Richard P. Hammond of Paris and one sister, Mrs. Charles Hoyle of the District of Columbia. Private funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Ze Barney T. Phillips, rector of the Church of the Epiphany. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York with Dr. Phillips officiating.
Source: The Evening Star, Thursday, June 18, 1931.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 25 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59167454
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Natalie Harris Hammond (28 Sep 1859–18 Jun 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59167454, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .