Lorillards Married In 1881
Bride was George Hamilton's daughter. Elder
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
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
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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