Mary Alsop King Waddington

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Mary King Waddington
Mary Alsop King

(1833-04-28)April 28, 1833
DiedJune 30, 1923(1923-06-30) (aged 90)
William Henry Waddington
(m. 1874; his death 1894)
Parent(s)Charles King
Henrietta Liston Low
RelativesRufus King (half-brother)
Richard Waddington (brother-in-law)
James Green Martin (brother-in-law)
Rufus King (grandfather)
Nicholas Low (grandfather)

Mary Alsop King Waddington (April 28, 1833 – June 30, 1923) was an American author. She particularly wrote about her life as the wife of a French diplomat.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mary was born in New York City, New York on April 28, 1833 the daughter of Charles King (1789–1867),[2] an American academic, politician, newspaper editor and the ninth president of Columbia College (now Columbia University) and his second wife,[3] Henrietta Liston Low (1799–1882).[4]

Her paternal grandfather was U.S. Senator Rufus King (1755–1827), the Federalist candidate for both Vice President (1804 and 1808) and President of the United States (1816). Her maternal grandfather was Nicholas Low (1739–1826), a New York merchant and developer.[5]


Mary moved to France with her family in 1871, where she met her eventual husband.[6] During World War I, she helped raise funds for soldiers and refugees.[7][8][9]

Mary was the author of Letter of a Diplomat's wife (1902),[10] Italian letters of a Diplomat's wife (1904),[11][12] Chateau and Country Life in France (1909), and My First Years as a Frenchwoman (1914).[13]

She also wrote magazine articles, including a paper on International Marriages in Scribner's Magazine in October 1907.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In 1874, she married William Henry Waddington (1826–1894) in Paris. Waddington was a French statesman who became the Prime Minister of France in 1879, and later French Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1883 to 1893.[15] He was born at Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre in Normandy and was the son of Thomas Waddington, a wealthy cotton manufacturer, and Janet Mackintosh Colin Chisholm. His parents were both naturalized citizens of France, born in England. He was the brother of Richard Waddington, a French legislator and historian, and cousin of Charles Waddington (philosopher), a French philosopher. They were the parents of one son:

She died on June 30, 1923 in Paris, France.[6]


  1. ^ "Forthcoming Scribner's". The New York Times. 25 August 1906. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Death of Charles King. LL. D." The New York Times. 29 September 1867. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ "OBITUARY.; The Death of Dr. Charles King". The New York Times. 30 September 1867. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  4. ^ Griffith, William (18 December 1904). "AS MME. WADDINGTON SEES NEW YORK.; Brilliant American Woman Whose Husband Was Once Premier of France, Gives Her Impressions of Her Native City Which She Is Visiting After An Absence of 38 Years. Extraordinary Opportunities for Social and Intellectual Intercourse with Eminent Men and Women of the Old World Enjoyed by the Granddaughter of Rufus King -- Her Reminiscences of Diplomatic Life and Defense of the Marriage of American Girls to Titled and Distinguished Foreigners -- Regrets the Importance Given to Money in New York's Social Regime. MME. WADDINGTON'S IMPRESSION OF NEW YORK AFTER THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS' ABSENCE". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ Nicholas Low Papers Supplement,1724-1828 (New-York Historical Society)
  6. ^ a b "MADAME WADDINGTON, AUTHOR, DIES IN PARIS; Former Mary A. King Was the Widow of Ex-French Ambassador to England". The New York Times. 1 July 1923. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ "WHAT GIFTS MEAN TO WAR SUFFERERS; American Women in France Write to The Times of Relief Work There. DESCRIBE PITIFUL SCENES Mme. Waddington and Mrs. C.B. Duryea Plead for Aid to Keep American Depots Open". The New York Times. 20 January 1915. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  8. ^ Willard, Mary Hatch (2 December 1915). "A Chance to Help Mme. Waddington". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  9. ^ Waddington, Mary King (29 May 1916). "What American Money Could Do to Relieve It Among the People". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  10. ^ "LETTERS OF A DIPLOMAT'S WIFE". The New York Times. 13 June 1903. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  11. ^ "LETTERS OF A DIPLOMATS WIFE". The New York Times. June 13, 1903. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  12. ^ Times, Special Cable To The New York (28 April 1905). "ATTACKS MME. WADDINGTON.; Ouida Resents Remarks in "Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Wife."". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Mary King Waddington (Waddington, Mary King, 1833-1923)". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  14. ^ "INTERNATIONAL MARRIAGES". The New York Times. 19 September 1907. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Waddington, William Henry (WDNN845WH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  16. ^ Times, Special Cable To The New York (18 January 1903). "DOINGS OF SOCIETY IN FRANCE; Brilliant Marriage of Mile. Sallandrouze de Lamornaix and M. Waddington -- James H. Hyde Praised by French Papers". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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