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Find Mrs. Lorillard Jr. Dead In Bathroom: Coroner's Verdict, Suicide Part II

Lorillards Married In 1881

Bride was George Hamilton's daughter. Elder Lorillards separated.

Mrs. Pierre Lorillard, Jr., was a Miss Caroline Jaffray Hamilton, daughter of George Hamilton of New York. She was born forty-nine years ago. It was on February 16, 1881, that she married Pierre Lorillard. Jr., whose father died on July 7, 1901. Mrs. Lorillard at the time of her marriage, was living with her father at 32 West Twenty-first street. The ceremony was performed at the First Presbyterian Church, at Fifth Avenue and Twelfth Street, of which her great-grandfather, the Rev. Dr. Phillips, was pastor in 1826.

The officiating ministers were the Rev. Dr. John Hall and the Rev. Dr. William M. Paxton, the latter the pastor of the church. The wedding was the social event of the season, over 2,000 invitations being sent out for it. The wedding presents were of immense value. Mrs. Lorillard had as her bridesmaids Miss Jaffray. Miss Parrish, Miss Lorillard, Miss Minnie Stewart, Miss Lewy, Miss Alice Gautler, and Miss G. Lorillard. Francis Gray Griswold acted as best man to Mr. Lorillard.

Pierre Lorillard, the husband of the dead woman, was born in this city on January 20, 1860. He is best known as a capitalist and the son of his father, although he at one time took an interest in politics, running without success for the office of Assemblyman here. He is a Director of the Automatic Weighing Machine Company, O. Lorillard Company, American Tobacco Company, and the Empire Trust Company. He has an office at 111 Fifth Avenue, this city.

There are two children of the marriage, Pierre Lorillard, third, and Griswold Lorillard.

Pierre Lorillard, the father of the present head of the family, died at the old Fifth Avenue Hotel on July 7, 1901. With him at the time of his death were Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Lorillard, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. T. Suffern-Tailer, Mr. and Mrs. William Kemp, and Pierre Lorillard, third. The Tailers have since been divorced, and Mrs. Tailer is now the wife of Cecil Baring of the London banking house of that name. Mr. Tailer's engagement to Miss Harriet Brown of Baltimore was announced a few weeks ago.

Mrs. Lorillard was not present at her husband's death, nor, indeed, at any time during his illness. He was the fourth member of the Lorillard family to bear the name of Pierre, which was a concession to the French origin of the family. He was born Oct. 13, 1833, and was the eldest member of his father's family. He built up a large fortune in the tobacco business. He was well known in society, commerce and the world of sport; was the moving spirit in the establishing of the Tuxedo Club, and was the founder of Tuxedo Park. Mr. Lorillard in 1858 married Miss Emily Tayler, daughter of Dr. Isaac E. Taylor of this city.

Mrs. Lorillard, Sr., since the death of her husband has spent most of her time either in Tuxedo Park, Washington, or this city. She is now staying at the Buckingham Hotel here, where she received yesterday word of the tragedy.

In commerce the name of Lorillard has been known for nearly a century and a half in connection with the great tobacco business bearing their name. Conspicuous as he was in the commercial world, the elder Lorillard's most enduring fame was connected with the turf. He was the first American to win the English Derby, the greatest turf event in the world. He achieved international fame through the victory of his American colt Iroquois, which won the Derby and the St. Leger in 1881.

His first racing colors were a scarlet jacket and a blue cap. These were first carried in 1873 by a colt called Freelance. The following year he changed his colors to cherry and black. Yesterday's tragedy recalls the bequest by Mr. Lorillard of his famous Rancocas stables and farm at Jobstown, N.J. to Mrs. Lillian Barnes Allien. For a while his widow and her children threatened to contest Mr. Lorillard's will, but a compromise was effected. Mrs. Allien took possession of the horses, entering them under her maiden name of Barnes. The Lorillard family protested against her using the family colors, with the result that she changed them to blue with silver braid, and a black cap.

Mr. Lorillard was considered the most liberal patron of sports in America, and always held the confidence of the public. Once in 1886, when he was disgusted with the manner in which racing was conducted in America, he disposed of his whole breeding establishment, the sale being the greatest that had ever been held up to that time. He speedily changed his mind, however, and returned to racing with his old enthusiasm.

He was also an enthusiastic yachtsman, but his interest was more of the amateur sailor than of the racing yachtsman, though he encouraged that sport by liberal contributions. To him, more than to any one else. Newport owes the prominence and popularity it has attained among yachtsmen.

Mr. Lorillard's will disposed of an estate valued at about $4,000,000. To his widow, from whom he had been separated for some time at his death, he left an annuity of $50,000 for life. The surprise of the will was the bequest of Rancocas stock farm to Mrs. Allien. Mr. Lorillard had spent about $1,000,000 on it, and his disposal of it created a good deal of talk at the time.

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Website: The History
Article Name:  Find Mrs. Lorillard Jr. Dead In Bathroom: Coroner's Verdict, Suicide Part II
Researcher/Transcriber: Miriam Medina


Bibliography:  The New York Times March 26, 1909 p.1 (2 pages)
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