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04/07/12
Those Attending Dinner [Updated]
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Posted by: Fete Fatale @ 5:42 pm

“Widener Party”

Captain Edward J. Smith: (62)The commodore of the White Star fleet, commanding the world’s largest and most luxurious ship on her maiden voyage. Known as the “millionaires’ captain”, many of the social elites plan their Atlantic crossings based on his schedule.

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George Dunton Widener: (50) A member of New York’s elite Four Hundred (although not “old money” enough for Philadelphia Society), Widener is heir to one of the greatest fortunes in America. As he has taken control of his father’s street railway empire, he has become known as a man whose familial kindness is balanced with ruthless business instincts.

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Eleanor Elkins Widener: (50) Nellie (as she is known to her friends) is the daughter of William Elkins–long-time business partner to Peter Widener, her husband’s father. Full of good humor and energy, she has a reputation as a gracious hostess with a subtle wit.

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William Ernest Carter: (36) Son of a Philadelphia industrialist, Billy divides his time between Europe and America. An avid polo player, it’s rumored that his ponies are on board.

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Lucille Polk Carter: (36) Known for her vivacity and style, Mrs. Carter is not afraid to shock her peers with the “most bizarre modes of the moment.” She was the first woman in Philadelphia to wear a harem skirt, and created a sensation at Newport when she appeared at a costume ball in the guise of a fairy, with filmy costume and gauzy wings. It is only to be expected that tonight she will be wearing one of her many purchases in Paris.

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Henry Burkhardt Harris: (45) Harris is one of the most successful American theatrical producers, even owning a popular Broadway theatre. He is returning to New York with a British play which he hopes will be a hit in the States.

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René Harris: (35) A woman of tremendous spunk, just an hour ago she slipped on the grand staircase and broke her arm. But she had it set and, despite her discomfort, is appearing at dinner anyway–in a sleeveless gown.

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Dorothy Gibson: (22) A proper young woman traveling with her mother, some passengers may have recognized her from Eclair Motion Pictures publicity.

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Mrs. Pauline Gibson: She and her daughter are returning from a lovely vacation together, touring England, the Continent, and Egypt.

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Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes: (33) Traveling to New York to join her husband, the Earl of Rothes on a trip to Vancouver, since her marriage in 1900 she has been the chatelaine of Leslie House, an ancient Scottish seat on a ten-thousand acre estate near Fife, Scotland.

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“Our Coterie” [Gracie/Candee

Colonel Archibald Gracie IV: (53) Gregarious, well-bred and of military bearing, Colonel Gracie is returning from a tour of Europe following the completion of his Civil War history, The Truth About Chickamauga.

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Mrs. Helen Churchill Candee: (52) A woman of a certain age but no uncertain charm, she is known as a woman of good breeding and impeccable social standing. She has two books to her credit, including a volume called How Women May Earn a Living.

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Colonel John Jacob Astor IV: The richest man on board, as well as one of the leaders of New York Society, Mark Twain describes Astor as “the world’s greatest monument to unearned increment.”

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Mrs. Madeleine Talmage Force Astor: Barely nineteen and visibly pregnant after a winter in Egypt and on the Continent, Madeleine is Astor’s young second wife.

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Mr. Benjamin Guggenheim: (46) Having resigned from his family’s business in 1901 to live on his investment income, Ben has been able to concentrate on his own interests: travel, art collecting, and philandering.

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Mme. Léontine Pauline Aubart: (24) Although listed in the passenger list as “Mrs. N. Aubert”, some have recognized her as a caberet singer known as Ninette, said to have attracted the eye of Benjamin Guggenheim.

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Jacques Futrelle: (37) Journalist and author, his brilliantly analytical sleuth, Professor S.F.X. Van Dusen, is known as “the American Sherlock Holmes.” Due to the success of his stories, Futrelle is a household name and can well afford to travel in style.

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Mrs. Lily May Futrelle: (35) Jacques’ wife and an author herself, May has been immensely enjoying her voyage on the Titanic–the luxurious accommodations, lavish meals, and the opportunity to show off the latest fashions she acquired in Paris.

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Mrs. Emma Eliza Bucknell: Widow of the benefactor of Bucknell University in Philadelphia, Mrs. Bucknell frequents the same social circles—whether in Philadelphia, New York, Paris or Rome—that many of the other American First Class passengers do. At Cherbourg on board the tender Nomadic, waiting to transfer to the Titanic, she was pleasantly surprised to find her long-time friend, Mrs. Margaret Brown.

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Mrs. Margaret Tobin Brown: (44) Wife of a western mining magnate, Margaret is returning from a tour of Europe and Egypt. She has a practical outlook on life and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind.

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“Pursers Table”

Lucile Christiana, Lady Duff-Gordon: (48)The first British designer to achieve international renown, “Lucy” was a widely-acknowledged innovator in couture styles: liberating slit skirts and low necklines, less restrictive corsets, and alluring, pared-down lingerie. Last year, she opened a branch of her London house, Lucile Ltd, in Paris and is travelling to finalize arrangements for a new and larger location for the New York house, opened in 1910.

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Sir Cosmo Edmund, Lord Duff-Gordon: (49) Originally merely an investor in Lucy’s fledgling fashion business, this reserved Scottish baronet was drawn to her energy and competence. They married in May 1900. They booked their crossing under the name of “Morgan” in the hopes of having a quiet journey.

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Mr. Thomas Andrews, Jr.: (39) A managing director (and universally popular) at Harland and Wolff, shipbuilders for the White Star Line, Andrews’s custom is to travel on maiden voyages to observe a new liner in service and recommend improvements. He seems to know every detail of every deck.

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Mr. William T. Stead: At sixty-two, Stead has lost some of the fire that made him one of the most powerful opinion-makers of the late-Victorian era. But he is still a captivating conversationalist with strong views and a trunkful of fascinating anecdotes from his long career as a pioneering, crusading journalist and spiritualist.

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Miss Edith Louise Rosenbaum: (34) Paris correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily, Edith came from Cincinnati in 1908 to work in the fashion world. She has drawn sketches for the Butterick Pattern Service, and even designed a line of clothing for Lord & Taylor. This is her first trip to New York as a fashion buyer, and she is accompanied by many trunks of dresses for celebrities like the Broadway actress Ina Claire and the opera singer Geraldine Farrar.

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Mrs. Dr. Alice Leader: (49) Having spent six years practicing medicine with her husband in a pediatric and general medicine practice in Lewiston, Maine, she moved to New York after his death four years ago. She has been traveling through Europe with friends.

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Mrs. Marian Longstreth Morris Thayer: (39) A proper Philadelphia lady, Mrs. Thayer is returning from a European tour.

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Major Archibald Butt: (46) Returning to America after a diplomatic mission to the Vatican, Major Butt is an invaluable aide to President Taft. Legendary for his acumen at official functions, he is accustomed to moving in the highest circles of power and society.

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