Eliza Osgood “Lila” <I>Vanderbilt</I> Webb

Eliza Osgood “Lila” Vanderbilt Webb

Staten Island, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Death 10 Jul 1936 (aged 75)
Shelburne, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Oak Hill Plot, Section 97
Memorial ID 94817980 · View Source
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Heiress, Socialite. Fourth daughter, and seventh child, of William Henry Vanderbilt (1821-1885), and Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821-1896); grandaughter of 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), founder of the family fortune. Wife of William Seward Webb (1851 – 1926), President of the The Wagner Palace Car Company and President of the Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railroad; namesake of William Henry Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln; married December 20, 1881 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, known as "the Vanderbilt's church" because of her family's patronship. Mild and well-tempered, her role in society was minor; not caring for the lavish balls and galas of her siblings, much more preferring the comforts of her townhouse at 680 Fifth Avenue or her country estate, 'Shelburne Farms', overlooking Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Completed in 1895, it was designed in the Shingle-style by Robert H. Robertson and encompassed 100 rooms. Informal compared to the Vanderbilt houses in Newport, Rhode Island, it included over 3,800 acres of farmland; maintained by a staff of 300 employees. As much as one thousand trees were planted along the landscape! Here she raised various types of cattle and farm animals; with the fresh farm produce grown daily providing stock for the various Webb estates. An avid golfer, she was the first female member of the "Everglades Club" in Palm Beach, Florida, where she had built a house on Ocean Boulevard, known as 'Miradero'. Always hard of hearing, she was one of the first people to purchase the newly invented "black-box" hearing aids; which were literally bulky black boxes! Passing away quietly in Shelburne in her seventy-sixth year, her service was held in New York at St. Bartholomew's. Among the may who attended, her last three surviving siblings: Frederick Vanderbilt; Emily (Sloane) White and Florence Twombly.

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