Edward Russell Thomas
|Edward R. Thomas|
|Born||December 30, 1875|
|Died||July 6, 1926(aged 50)|
|Occupation||Businessman, newspaper publisher|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Edward Russell Thomas (December 30, 1875 - July 6, 1926) was an American businessman and sportsman.
Early life and education
Thomas was a senior member of Thomas & Thomas, a Wall Street firm. He acquired the New York Morning Telegraph from the estate of William Collins Whitney in 1904. Thomas was owner of the New York Morning Telegraph.
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. E.R. Thomas sold his interest in the Consolidated National Bank in October 1907, also resigning from his positions.
Personal life and death
He was the first American to kill someone in a car accident. 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. In 1912, he married Elizabeth R. Finley. In 1924, he married actress Lucy Cotton. When he died on July 6, 1926, his daughter with Lucy Cotton, Lucetta, inherited Thomas' fortune.
- Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders (N-U), p.1453-55 (1983) (ISBN 978-0313213625
- E. R. Thomas, Noted Sportsman, Dies, The New York Times (July 7, 1926)
- "About Clubmen". The New York Times. 10 August 1902. p. 45. Retrieved July 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- (22 March 1904) The Morning Telegraph Sold, The New York Times, Retrieved October 27, 2010
- O.F. Thomas Now Heads Consolidated National; Is Elected President to Succeed Willis S. Paine., New York: The New York Times, November 1, 1905, p. 13, retrieved January 21, 2017
- Undesired Controls End, New York: The New York Times, October 21, 1907, p. 2, retrieved January 21, 2017
- Murrell, Muriel V. Miami, a backward glance, Ch.16 (2003)(ISBN 978-1561642861) (book chapter dedicated to actress Lucy Cotton)