John Walter Cross

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John Walter Cross

Birthplace: USA
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Husband of George Eliot

Occupation: American Banker in London
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About John Walter Cross

On 16 May 1880 George Eliot courted controversy once more by marrying John Walter Cross, a man twenty years younger than herself, and again changing her name, this time to Mary Anne Cross. The legal marriage at least pleased her brother Isaac, who sent his congratulations after breaking off relations with his sister when she had begun to live with Lewes. John Cross was a rather unstable character, and apparently jumped or fell from their hotel balcony into the Grand Canal in Venice during their honeymoon. Cross survived and they returned to England. The couple moved to a new house in Chelsea but Eliot fell ill with a throat infection. This, coupled with the kidney disease she had been afflicted with for the past few years, led to her death on 22 December 1880 at the age of 61. [Wikipedia]

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