Robert Williams Daniel
|Robert Williams Daniel|
|Robert W. Daniel, Sr.|
|Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 6th district
1936 – December 20, 1940
|Preceded by||W. O. Rogers|
|Succeeded by||Garland Gray|
|Born||September 11, 1884
|Died||December 20, 1940
|Resting place||Hollywood Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Mrs. Eloise Hughes Smith (1914 - divorced 1923)
Mrs. Marjorie Durant Campbell (1923 - divorced 1928)
Mrs. Charlotte Bemiss Christian (1929 - 1940)
|Children||Margery Randolph Daniel
Robert Williams Daniel, Jr.
|Residence||Lower Brandon Plantation, Prince George County, Virginia|
A descendant of William Randolph he was related to many prominent Americans. His great-grandfather Peter V. Daniel, was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and his great-great-grandfather, Edmund Randolph, was the seventh Governor of Virginia, the first Attorney General of the United States and later served as Secretary of State.
Survivor of the RMS Titanic
Daniel boarded the Titanic at Southampton, England as a first class passenger bound for New York City. The Sinking of the Titanic quotes Charles Lightoller as saying that after the sinking Daniel was rescued from the water by "a passing lifeboat".  He was interviewed by multiple New York newspapers giving his recollections of the Titanic disaster, including the ship's last moments.
The April 20, 1912 edition of the New York Times stated:
- he [Daniel] jumped, struggling among the ice-floes until rescued. He was articulate and adamant; it was Murdoch, he said, who had shot himself in the temple. "I was not more than ten feet away, I do not believe the stories that Captain Smith ended his life. He stuck to his post to the last. He was a brave man."
- Captain Smith was the biggest hero I ever saw. He stood on the bridge and shouted through a megaphone, trying to make himself heard.'http://www.williammurdoch.net/mystery02_witness_05_daniel.html :I saw Captain Smith on the bridge. My eyes seemingly clung to him. The deck from which I had leapt was immersed. The water had risen slowly, and was now to the floor of the bridge. Then it was to Captain Smith's waist. I saw him no more. He died a hero.
While aboard the rescue ship, RMS Carpathia, he met fellow Titanic survivor, Eloise Hughes Smith, daughter of U.S. Representative James A. Hughes, whose husband, Lucian P. Smith, died during the disaster. Daniel and Mrs. Smith were wed in a quiet ceremony in August 1914.
Bank executive and subsequent marriages
Daniel was later Vice President of Liberty National Bank in New York City. Sometime before 1923, Daniel and his first wife divorced. On December 6, 1923, Daniel married Mrs. Edwin Rutheven Campbell (née Margery Pitt Durant; 1887-1969), daughter of William C. Durant, an automobile manufacturer in the Halsey Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey. This marriage produced one daughter, Margery Randolph Daniel (November 2, 1924 – May 23, 2013). The Daniels purchased the Lower Brandon Plantation in Prince George County, Virginia in 1926, and restored the historic mansion. The couple divorced in September 1928.
On October 10, 1929, Daniel married, for the third and final time, Mrs. Frank Palmer Christian (née Charlotte Randolph Bemiss; 1890-1968) of Richmond, Virginia. At this time, Daniel was chairman of the board of the Richmond Trust Company. Their son, Robert Williams Daniel, Jr. was born in Richmond in March 1936.
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Death and burial
- "Encyclopedia Titanica". Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- Caplan, Bruce; Logan Marshall (1997). The Sinking of the Titanic. Seattle Miracle Press. p. 89.
- Spignesi, Stephen (2012). The Titanic for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 207. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
- "President of Liberty National Bank Weds as Third Wife Distant Relative in Virginia". New York Times. October 11, 1929.
|Senate of Virginia|
W. O. Rogers
|Virginia Senate, District 6
1936 - 1940