Louise Whitfield Carnegie

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Louise Whitfield Carnegie
Louise Whitfield Carnegie (1901).jpg
The original caption refers to her solely by her husband's name, c. 1901
BornMarch 7, 1857
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 24, 1946
Resting placeSleepy Hollow Cemetery
Spouse(s)
Andrew Carnegie
(m. 1887; his death 1919)
ChildrenMargaret Carnegie Miller
Parent(s)John D. Whitfield

Louise Whitfield Carnegie (March 7, 1857 – June 24, 1946) was the wife of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Early life[edit]

Carnegie was born on March 7, 1857 in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, New York City. She was the daughter of New York City merchant John D. Whitfield.

Philanthropy[edit]

After Carnegie's death Louise continued making charitable contributions to organizations including American Red Cross, the Y.W.C.A., the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, numerous World War II relief funds, and $100,000 to the Union Theological Seminary. She spent her summers at Skibo Castle. Mary Macleod, the mother of the future President of the United States, Donald Trump, at age 18 and within a year of her immigration to the United States in 1930, was a maid in the home of Louise Whitfield Carnegie.[1]

In 1934 she was honored with the Gold Medal of the Pennsylvania Society.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On April 22, 1887, she married Carnegie at her family's home in New York City in a private ceremony officiated by a pastor from the Church of the Divine Paternity, a Universalist church to which the Whitfields belonged.[2] At the time of the marriage, Louise was 30; Carnegie was 51. As wedding gifts from her husband, Louise received a home (formerly owned by Collis Potter Huntington) at 5 West 51st Street and an annual income of approximately $20,000.[3]

Ten years later in 1897, Louise gave birth to the couple's only child Margaret. Louise and her daughter were members of the Brick Presbyterian Church and later the Church of the Divine Paternity (now the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York) for whom she and her husband funded their organ.[4][5]

Carnegie died at the age of 89 and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (United States Federal Census for Mary Mac Leod. New York New York Manhattan (Districts 501-750) District 0540, p. 239.
  2. ^ David Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie, (Penguin, 2007) p. 296 ISBN 0-14-311244-9, ISBN 978-0-14-311244-0
  3. ^ MR. CARNEGIE'S WEDDING.; STARTING FOR EUROPE WITH HIS BRIDE, MISS LOUISE WHITFIELD., published April 23, 1997, in the New York Times;
  4. ^ BAGPIPE TUNES AT CARNEGIE WEDDING, in the New York Times, Nov. 29, 1918
  5. ^ "Fourth Universalist Society of New York. Records, 1839-2001". Div.hds.harvard.edu. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Krass, Peter. Carnegie. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
  • Nasaw, David. Andrew Carnegie. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.
  • "Mr. Carnegie's Wedding" The New York Times, April 23, 1887.
  • "Mrs. Carnegie Dies; Steel Man's Widow", The New York Times, June 25, 1946.
  • "Rites in Home for Mrs. Carnegie", The New York Times, June 28, 1946.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hendrick, Burton Jesse, and Daniel Henderson. Louise Whitfield Carnegie; The Life of Mrs. Andrew Carnegie. New York: Hastings House, 1950.