Family: Vanderbilt, Gov. William Henry III / Colby, Anne Gordon (F15675)

m. Dec 1929

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  • Vanderbilt, Gov. William Henry IIIFather | Male
    Vanderbilt, Gov. William Henry III

    Born  24 Nov 1901  New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  14 Apr 1981  South Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  Dec 1929  [1]   
    Divorced  1969  [1]   

    Colby, Anne GordonMother | Female
    Colby, Anne Gordon

    Born  24 May 1908  West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1974   
    Father  Colby, Everett | F15671 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Hyde, Edith | F15671 Group Sheet 

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    1. [S963] Message Boards, ( (Reliability: 3), 3 Feb 2017.
      Anne Gordon (Colby) Vanderbilt (1909 ~ 1974) Obit
      Poster: Ronald Colby
      Posted: 7 Jun 2006 7:05PM GMT
      Classification: Obituary
      Surnames: Colby, Vanderbilt, Hartwell, Newburg, Wade

      Mrs. Anne Vanderbilt dies at 65 in New York

      Mrs. Anne Gordon Colby Vanderbilt, former wife of ex-Gov. William H. Vanderbilt, died of a stroke yesterday at her Park Avenue home in New York City. She had been in poor health for years. She was 65 years old.

      After her marriage in 1929 to Gov. Vanderbilt, then a state senator from Portsmouth they made their home at Oakland Farm, a large estate on East Main Road, extending from St. Mary's Churchyard to Union Street. Mrs. Vanderbilt became active in social affairs on Aquidneck Island and then took part in her husband's political career that led to his election as Republican governor in 1938. After the governor's defeat in 1940, the Vanderbilts moved to Williamstown, Mass. In the late 1940s, they sold Oakland Farm.

      Mrs. Vanderbilt was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Colby of West Orange, N.J. She graduated from Foxcroft School in 1925 and made her debut in 1927. Her marriage took place in New Jersey in December, 1929. It was Mr. Vanderbilt's second marriage. His marriage to Miss Emily O. Davies in 1923 ended in divorce in 1927.

      During World War II while the former governor was serving as a captain in the Naval Reserve, Mrs. Vanderbilt helped to found the Ships Service Committee in New York City.

      For her political campaigning in Rhode Island, she was made an "achievement guest" by the Women's National Press Club.

      The Vanderbilts were divorced in 1969. The following year, the former governor married Mrs. Helen Cummings Cook of Williamstown, Mass.

      Mrs. Vanderbilt leaves a son, William H. Vanderbilt Jr. of Vashon, Wash., twin daughters, Mrs Samuel A. Hartwell and Mrs. Andrew W. G. Newburg of New York, a step-daughter, Mrs. Jeptha Wade of Bedford, Mass., a brother Everett Colby Jr. and 12 grandchildren.

      A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in St. James' Episcopal Church in New York City.
      Newport, (R.I.) Daily News, Thursday, February 28, 1974.

      Researched by Ted Smith

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