Edward Russell Thomas

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Edward Russell Thomas
Born December 30, 1875
Died July 6, 1926(1926-07-06) (aged 50)
Occupation Businessman, Newspaper publisher
Nationality U.S.

Edward Russell Thomas (December 30, 1875 - July 6, 1926) was an American businessman and sportsman.

Early life[edit]

Edward Russell Thomas was born on December 30, 1875.[1][2] He was a son of Union general Samuel Thomas.[2][3] He graduated from Yale University.[3]


Thomas was a senior member of Thomas & Thomas, a Wall Street firm.[3]

He acquired the New York Morning Telegraph from the estate of William Collins Whitney in 1904.[2][4] Thomas was owner of the New York Morning Telegraph.[2]

On October 31, 1905, board vacancies of Consolidated National Bank were filled by E.R. Thomas, O.F. Thomas, Robert Maclay, and George B. Hays, all who were selected by E.R. Thomas.[5] E.R. Thomas sold his interest in the Consolidated National Bank in October 1907, also resigning from his positions.[6]

He was a member of the Union Club of the City of New York.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

He was the first American to kill someone in a car accident.[2] From 1901 to 1912, he was married to Linda Lee Thomas. She was introduced by friends to Thomas, and married him on June 29, 1901 at Newport, Rhode Island, when she was 17. They lived a life of luxury, with houses in Palm Beach, Manhattan, and Newport. They divorced on October 26, 1912.[2]

In 1912, he married Elizabeth R. Finley. In 1924, he married actress Lucy Cotton. Their daughter, Lucetta, inherited Thomas' fortune.[7] He died on July 6, 1926.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders (N-U), p.1453-55 (1983) (ISBN 978-0313213625
  2. ^ a b c d e f g E. R, THOMAS, NOTED SPORTSMAN, DIES, The New York Times (July 7, 1926)
  3. ^ a b c d "About Clubmen". The New York Times. 10 August 1902. p. 45. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ (22 March 1904) The Morning Telegraph Sold, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
  5. ^ O.F. THOMAS NOW HEADS CONSOLIDATED NATIONAL; Is Elected President to Succeed Willis S. Paine. NEW DIRECTORS ARE NAMED E.R. Thomas Probably Will Be Allowed to Fill the Remaining Vacancies., New York: The New York Times, November 1, 1905, p. 13, retrieved January 21, 2017 
  6. ^ Undesired Controls End, New York: The New York Times, October 21, 1907, p. 2, retrieved January 21, 2017 
  7. ^ Murrell, Muriel V. Miami, a backward glance, Ch.16 (2003)(ISBN 978-1561642861) (book chapter dedicated to actress Lucy Cotton)