Daisy Polk

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Daisy Polk (fl. 1917) was an American woman who became Comtesse de Buyer-Mimeure after marrying French Army General Marie Joseph Louis Robert de Buyer.

Polk was a prominent woman from San Francisco (she was the sister of architect Willis Polk and related to President Polk[1]). Active in the American relief effort during World War I, she was assigned the reconstruction of the French village of Vitrimont,[2] with monies supplied by Mrs. Crocker of San Francisco; Vitrimont was the first of a number of villages restored with American aid.[3] She and de Buyer met by chance in Vitrimont in 1916: when her car broke down, de Buyer offered his assistance; a year later they were married,[4] in September.[5] Her husband had been in command of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade. In 1915 he became commander of the Third Cavalry Corps (France), and a year later of the Second Army Corps (France).[4][6] He retired in 1917.[7] The wedding was attended by such notables as General Pétain.

In 1920, Polk was named a Legion Chevalier.,[8][9]

In the 1930s, Comtesse de Buyer-Mimeuse, a well-known public figure,[10] was active with the Catholic Sewing Circle in Passy.[11]


  1. ^ French, Janie Preston Collup (1918). Notable Southern Families, Vol. 1. Lookout. p. 179. 
  2. ^ "Frenchman Weds American: Miss Daisy Polk Was in Charge of Reconstructing Vitrimont". The Spokesman-Review. 20 September 1917. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ McDonald, William (1922). Reconstruction in France. Macmillan. p. 283. 
  4. ^ a b "Miss Polk now a Countess: Her French Soldier Husband is Count de Buyer Mimeuse". The New York Times. 21 September 1917. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Shaughnessy, Edith (1918). My Lorraine Journal. Harper & Brothers. p. 162. 
  6. ^ "Double Program at Insull Farm War Benefit Tomorrow". Chicago Daily Tribune. 21 September 1917. 
  7. ^ "General, Wedded, is Now Retired". Los Angeles Times. 23 September 1917. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "California Girl, Wife of French General, is Legion Chevalier". Chicago Daily Tribune. 22 September 1920. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/leonore_fr?ACTION=CHERCHER&FIELD_98=REF&VALUE_98=c-221288
  10. ^ Birkhead, May (4 December 1932). "Americans Attend a Service in Paris; Annual Thanksgiving Ceremony at Church of Madeleine an Impressive Event. Exhibitions are Feature; Aeronautic and Marine Salons Lend Added Interest to the Capital -- Society Sees La Argentina". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Birkhead, May (17 December 1933). "Americans Attend Paris Sewing Circle; Comtesse de Bayer-Mimeare Entertains Society Women at Passy Chateau". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2011.