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 Edith <I>Rockefeller</I> McCormick

Edith Rockefeller McCormick

New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 26 Aug 1932 (aged 60)
Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 6421 · View Source
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American socialite and opera patron. Born the 4th daughter of the Standard Oil tycoon, John D.Rockefeller, she showed from an early age she was a true original. She played the cello, and learned to speak several languages. At 23, she married Harold Fowler McCormick, heir to the McCormick fortune. Edith spent her money freely, something which alienated her from her father. She was a generous patron of the artistict community of Chicago, where she lived. At one time, she supported financially the Irish literary figure, James Joyce. When tragedy struck and two of their children died from scarlet fever, Edith sank into a deep depression. She traveled to Switzerland to be treated by Carl Jung, while Harold built an Italian villa on Lakeshore Drive for her. Later on, Harold divorced her and she moved from her mansion to the Drake Hotel. She was forced to sell most of her jewels to pay off debts. In 1930 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and two years later succombed to same. She died surrounded by her children and relatives. She is quoted as having said, "My object in this world is to think new thoughts!"

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6421
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edith Rockefeller McCormick (4 Aug 1872–26 Aug 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6421, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .