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THE EVENING WORLD, TUESDAY, MAY 30, 1922.
The AmericanGirl in EnlmidsTitbl,rWho'sWho
iVbo? Holds Leading Place
In Political and Social
Life of Europe's Most
In Many Instances American Born
Women Are Mothers of the Next
Generation of English Peers.
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By Marguerite Mooers Marshall.
Copyright, 1021 (New York Evening World) by Pren rublUhlm Co.
OP course, wo've always known
that the American girl can
But how many of ub real
ize that, among her achieve
ments during the last halt century, la
the conquest of the only aristocracy
not, perhaps, generally appreciated
on this side of tho water that Ameri
can girls havo wedded many of tho
beat "catches" at tho Court of St.
James's. As a result, .American born
women are holding a loading place In
the political and social life of tho
1b this democratic world which Is still most brilliant society in Europe,
a going concern" tho great laraines
of Great Britain, with the social pre
rogatives and political power which
till are theirs?
The recent visit of Lady Astor, M.
P., once lovely Nancy Langborne of
first, when ho chose Lady Astor tot
his wife; socond, when ho chose her
to succeed him In tho House of Com
mons as the member for Plymouth
when his father's death automatically
sent him up to the House of Lords.
Less than a year ago then,
died another tremendously successful
American wife of an English hus
band, Lady Randolph Churchill, born
Jenny Jcromo of New York. She
was not onlv tho wlf nt
marriages tliat have failed; this Is a British statesman but the mother f
And American-born womon are in
many Instances the mothers of tho
next generation of English peorst
We hear about the international
P.. once lovely Nancy Langhorno or Btory of those that-o far as the onc-tho present Winston Ph ......
Virginia and the very first woman to publ0 know,( at nny ratohave suo. J
menu, but emphasize, the fact that . wnQ fl
In England to-day, It is tho American I , tfae OJ(J Word
woman wno -ruies me roosi. w
he continues to capture positions of
Importance In Washington, for ex
ample, It has just been announced
that the capital's social lesder, Mrs.
James McDonald, will become Pre
mier Scottish Marchioness through
her forthcoming marriage to Charles
Gordon, Marquis of Huntly. of
Aboyne Castle, Aberdeenshire. Scot
land. Mrs. McDonald is tne widow
Lady Astor herself Is a charming
example of tho splendid position in
public and private esteem which the
American girl may win In England.
After tho unhappy ending ot her first
marriage to Robert Gould Shaw, she
went ubroad to visit. Thero she met
young Waldorf Astor, as ho was at
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funnel icuuern ui uom parties. Ho,
position for years, both soclally-ond
politically speaking, was command
ing, as was that of her friend. Lady
Paget, wlfo of Sir Arthur Paget
daughter of Paran Stevens of New
Another American woman known as
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and have four sons and a daughter. Us ,n0st exclusive soclMv .. ....
f James McDonald, former Standard The triumphs of Lady Astor's publlo present Lady Itlbblesdale. born Ava
.S . - ..- A flanrtn life. tllO flrat womnn AT T hnvri nrmi . ti. 11 .1 1 . .
oil magnaio. i" w" - wiiiuit, uj. x iiimuuiinim, anu later Mrs
ucu' uy auminng Americans j0hn Jacob Astor. She went
dates back to the early fifteenth con
tury, and he Is Premier Marquis of
feminine Invasion Lord Astor understands that theirs is
goes on. During recent years thero
has been a steady permeation of the
for Bovcral years. But slnco her visit after divorcing tho late Col
to us, every ono who has met her and
a marriage or alio truest and flncsi
sort. Lord Astor himself says that In
ranks of English aristocracy by tho two greatest decisions that over present husband, incidentally, was a
lean dollar prjilsesses." It U conironicu r.im ne cno&e nguuy, sister ot oiargov Aoquun
Jacob Astor, and such 1kjoIb as the
Intimate diaries of Col. Itcplngton are
full of descriptions of her beauty and
popularity. The first wife of her
Both of the wives of an English
statesman who has been much In tho
publlo eye have been Americana. He
Is Earl Curzon of Kedleston. He first
married Mary Letter of Chicago in
1895, two years before being appoint
ed Viceroy of India. She died In
1906, In 1917 he married again, his
second wife being Mrs, Alfred Dug
gan, a widow. But she was born In
America Grace ' Elvlna Hinds,
daughter of tho lato J. Monroe Hinds
United States Minister to Brazil.
Quito aside from the social preroga
tives attaching to the wlfo of Earl
Curzon, her political knowledge and
Influence must appeal to the Imagination.
The first Lady Curzon' slate'
Marguerite Lelter, also made a no
table marriage. She wed the Earl of
Suffolk, ono of England's oldest earl
doms, and her son succeeded his
father In 1917. There Is. It may bo
pointed out, a. strong suffusion of
American blood In many ot the young
title-holders and heirs to titles in
Two other highly placed ladles in
London society, against whose Inter
national marriages no breath of scan
dal has been raised, were well known
figures In New York society during
their girlhood. Ono of theso two Is
the Duchess of Hoxburgho, born May
Qoclet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Og
don Goelet. The other Is the Coun
tess of Granard, born Beatrice May,
Mills, daughter of-Mr. and Mrs.
The son of the onetime Cornelia
Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Bradley Martin, succeeded last year
to his father's earldom of Craven. In
cidentally, this youngster showed his
democratlo American blood by wed
ding no title, but, Instead, Miss Mary
Wllhelmlna George, daughter of tho
Town Clerk of Invergordon.
No Englishman during the Great
War was more popular with his
American allies than Admiral Beatty
ot the Grand Fleet Admiral Lord
Beatty, with his cap forever cocked
jauntily to one' side. It was whls
pered that the reason ho know aw to
get along bo well with Americans was
because he had married one Ethel
Fletd, the oldest daughter of Marshall
Field ot Chicago. Lady Beatty ac
companied the Admiral when he vis
ited this country not long ago. Thoy
havo two sons.
Another dltlngulshed Englishman
whose American-born wlfo undoubt
erly "helps him In his business," Is
Sir Auckland Geddes, British Ambas
sador at Washington. Lady Geddes
was Isabella, daughter of W. A. noss
ot New'York. They have four son
and a daughter.
Viscount Harcourt, a busy English
administrator, Secretary of State for
tho Colonies from 1910 to 1915 and
First Commissioner of Works from
1915 to 1917, found a loyal and help
ful partner In Miss Mary Ethel BUrx.J,
an American girl, who was the niece
of tho late J. P. Morgan.
Tho Earl of Ancaster, Parliamen
tary Secretary to tho Ministry of
Agriculture since 1921 and one who
has sorved his country in many other
capacities, also married a New York
girl, Elolse Breese, daughter of W. U
Breese. They havo two sons and two
daughters another earldom "Amer
icanized"' for the future.
Then, there Is the Countess of Don
oughmore, -In her American days
Elena Grace, daughter of the late M.
P. Grace of New York; Lady Chey
lesmore. daughter ot the late Francis
O. French of New York; the dowager
Countess of Essex, who was Adole,
daughter of Beach Grant of New
The onetime Mildred Carter, daugh
ter of John Bldgely Carter. Baltimore
banker, became Countess of Gosford
Just tho other day, through her fa-'thcr-ln-law's
Many apparently happy and suc
cessful, marriages of American girls
to English .men of title and position
have taken place In the last ten or
fifteen years. New York remembers
well the wedding of Vivien Gould,
second daughter ot George Qould, to
Lord Decies. In 1911 Mildred Sher
man, daughter of the late W. Watts
Sherman, became Lady Camoys. Tho
son and heir of Lord Camoys bears
the good American name ot "Sher
man." Pretty Margaretta Droxel of
Philadelphia was married a year
earlier to Viscount Maidstone.
Even the war did not stop the
Anglo-American matrimonial entente, a
In 1916 Patricia Burko, who won kti?
beauty, prize in Los Angeles, Cal
became tho wlfo of tho fourth Earl
of Cottenham. Miss Alice Eyre, eldest
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Eyre of New York, wedded in tho
samo year Viscount Camden, heir of
the Earl ot Gainsborough. Not' long
ago Miss Eleanor May Guggenheim,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S, R Gug.
genhelm of this city, became tho wife
of Viscount Stewa,rt, heir ,of Ear)
And this Is only a part of tho long
list of American girls who have mude
good In English public and private
llfo. When you consider how few
English girls Bet the chance to marryjt
the English girls think the "balance
of trade" la falrT