Florence Foster Ballantine

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Florence Foster Ballantine (Besse)

Also Known As: "Bessie Brewster"
Birthdate: (89)
Death: 1974 (89)
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lyman Waterman Besse and Henrietta Louisa Besse
Wife of Kingman Brewster, Sr. and Edward Ballantine
Mother of Kingman Brewster, Jr. and Mary Kingman Kennedy

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About Florence Foster Ballantine

Florence Foster Besse was the daughter of Henrietta Louisa Segee and Lyman W. Besse, who owned an extensive chain of clothing stores in the Northeast known as "The Besse System." She was a 1907 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College.

She married as her first husband, Kingman Brewster, Sr. They separated in 1923 and were later divorced. They were the parents of Kingman Brewster, Jr., who was an educator, diplomat, and president of Yale University.

In 1923 she married, as her second husband, Edward Ballantine (August 6, 1886 – July 2, 1971), an American composer and professor of music.

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Florence Foster Ballantine's Timeline

1885
1885
1914
September 14, 1914
Age 29
Longmeadow, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
1919
June 17, 1919
Age 34
Longmeadow, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States
1974
1974
Age 89
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States