Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly

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Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly
Mrs. Hamilton McKown Twombly (Florence Adele Vanderbilt).jpg
Mrs. Hamilton McKown Twombly (Florence Adele Vanderbilt) by John Singer Sargent
Born Florence Adele Vanderbilt
January 8, 1854
Staten Island
Died April 11, 1952(1952-04-11) (aged 98)
New York City
Occupation heiress
  • Alice Twombly
  • Florence Adele Twombly
  • Ruth Twombly
  • Hamilton McKown Twombly, Jr.

Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (January 8, 1854 – April 11, 1952) was an American heiress and a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family.[1] She and her husband built Florham, a gilded age estate in Madison, New Jersey.


Early life[edit]

Florence was born on Staten Island in New York City on January 8, 1854.[2] She was a daughter of William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Louisa Kissam.[2][3] Her paternal grandfather was the Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr..[2] Her siblings were Cornelius II, Margaret Louisa, William Kissam, Frederick William, Eliza Osgood, Emily Thorn, and George Washington II.[2]


Personal life[edit]

She married Hamilton McKown Twombly (1849-1910) in 1877.[2][3] They had four children: Alice Twombly (1879–1896) Died at the age of sixteen on the eve of her society debut; Florence Adele Twombly (1881–1969) (married William A. M. Burden); Ruth Twombly (1884-1954) Never married; Hamilton McKown Twombly, Jr. (1887-1906) Drowned in an incident at a summer camp where he was working as a camp counselor.[2]

She died April 11, 1952 in New York City, having outlived her husband by 42 years.[1][2] She is in interred at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx).[2]