Harriet C. Ely Blackford

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Henrietta "Fanny Lear" Blackford (Ely)

Also Known As: "Fanny Lear", "Harriet"
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Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely, D.D. and Caroline Thompson Ely
Wife of Beal J Blackford
Sister of Zebulon DeForest Ely and Rev. Ben Ezra Stiles Ely

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About Harriet C. Ely Blackford

Henrietta Blackford

Born to a very prominent minister, Rev. Ezra Ely in Philadelphia in the middle of the 19th Century, she went from being the daughter of a respected clergyman to America's first real courtesan, an American adventuress, leaving a trail of havoc in her wake before threat of arrest forced her to flee to Europe. In Russia, she took up with the unstable dangerously liberal Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich, a grandson of Tsar Nicholas I, and was at the center of the scandal over his theft of his mother's jewels, (he gave Henrietta a diamond necklace he had stolen from his own mother), which resulted in the Grand Duke being banished from court.

Newly Published book about her: Fanny Lear: Love and Scandal in Tsarist Russia

Her book written in French: http://books.google.com/books?id=j8YKAAAAIAAJ&ots=V4Zv4awVAS&dq=Harriet%20Ely%20Blackford&pg=PA11#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Harriet C. Ely Blackford's Timeline

1848
1848
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1864
1864
Age 16
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