Stanhope Wood Nixon

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Stanhope Wood Nixon
Born (1894-04-01)April 1, 1894
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 12, 1958(1958-01-12) (aged 63)
East Brunswick Township, New Jersey
Education Yale University
Spouse(s) Doris Ryer (m. 1917–45)
Children Lewis Nixon III
Blanche Nixon
Parent(s) Lewis Nixon I
Sally Lewis Wood

Stanhope Wood Nixon (April 1, 1894 – January 12, 1958) was a vice president of the Nixon Nitration Works during the 1924 Nixon Nitration Works disaster.[1] He later became chairman of the board.[2]


He was the son of Lewis Nixon I and was born on April 1, 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1902 or 1903 he was painted as a boy by the Swiss-born American artist Adolfo Müller-Ury (1862–1947) full-length dressed in Scottish costume (Private Collection, New Jersey).

He attended Yale University at the Sheffield Scientific School where he was arrested for assault in 1914 when he almost killed Edward H. Evrit with a large metal bolt.[3][4][5] He withdrew from Yale and never graduated. He married Doris Ryer in 1917 and had as their children, Lewis Nixon III and Blanche Nixon.[6][7]

He was a vice president of the Nixon Nitration Works during the 1924 Nixon Nitration Works disaster and his father was the president. Neither of them were present on the day of the explosion.[1]

He and his wife divorced in Palm Beach, Florida in 1945. Thereafter, he married Elizabeth Mulcahy.[2] He died on January 12, 1958, at his home in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Explosion Inquiry Ordered By Weeks. Purpose Is to Ascertain if Raritan Arsenal Was in Any Way Responsible. Says Picric Acid at Property Was Stored for French Government, Which Sold It.". New York Times. March 6, 1924. Retrieved 2010-03-22. By direction of Governor Silzer of New Jersey a survey will be made at 10 o'clock this morning of the Nixon Nitration Company properties at Nixon, N.J., where at least eighteen persons were killed last Saturday in an explosion in the plant of a tenant company, the Ammonite Company. ... President Lewis Nixon, his son, Vice President Stanhope Nixon, and Attorney Russell E. will represent the Nixon Company. ... 
  2. ^ a b c "Stanhope W. Nixon". New York Times. January 12, 1958. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Stanhope Wood Nixon, board chairman of the Nixon Nitration Works in Edison, and son of its founder, died this morning in ... 
  3. ^ "Stanhope Nixon Held For Assault. Son of New York Shipbuilder, a Student at Yale, Nearly Killed a Man with Iron Bolt". New York Times. April 2, 1914. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Upon his return from practice with the Yale varsity crew squad this afternoon Stanhope Wood Nixon of New York City, son of Lewis Nixon, the well-known shipbuilder and Tammany leader, was arrested at his room in the Colony, the clubhouse of a prominent secret society of the Sheffield Scientific School [(Berzelius)], at which young Nixon is a student. 
  4. ^ "Young Nixon In Collapse. Said to Have Brooded Over His Arrest Till His Health Failed.". New York Times. April 9, 1914. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Another continuance will be asked by Stanhope Wood Nixon, son of Lewis Nixon, when the case of the Yale student is called in the Police Court here Friday ... 
  5. ^ "Stanhope Nixon on Trial. Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Assaulting Edward Everit.". New York Times. May 5, 1914. Retrieved 2010-03-22. A plea of not guilty was entered by Stanhope Nixon, son of Lewis Nixon of New York City, when he was arraigned in Police Court to-day charged with having ... 
  6. ^ "Katharine Page's Marriage". New York Times. December 21, 1941. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Miss Katharine Page, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hickok Page of Phoenix, Ariz., was married yesterday in the Municipal Building to Lewis Nixon 3rd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanhope W. Nixon of this city, and grandson of the late Lewis Nixon, naval designer. The bride was attended by her ... 
  7. ^ "Blanche Nixon to Make Debut". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1941. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Blanche Nixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanhope Nixon of ... Cold Spring Road, Montecito, a freshman at Stanford, will be formally to society at the San ...