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Katherine Alexander Mackay (Duer)

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Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
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Daughter of William Alexander Duer and Ellen North Moale Duer
Wife of Joseph Augustus Blake
Ex-wife of Clarence Hungerford Mackay
Mother of Katherine Alexander Duer Libich; Joan Harjes; William Alexander Duer Blake; <private> Mackay; Katherine Mackay and 1 other

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About Katherine Alexander Mackay

Katherine Duer Mackay (1880–1930) was a beautiful debutante from an old, high society, New York family. She met wealthy American financier Clarence Mackay on a steamship crossing between New York and England in about 1897. They fell in love and were married on May 17, 1898. Harbor Hill, the site of their future estate with the striking view of Hempstead Harbor, was Katherine's and Clarie's wedding present from the senior Mackays. Katherine oversaw much of the design and building of their mansion at Harbor Hill. Katherine was a suffragette and a champion of women's rights and became the first woman member of the Roslyn school board in 1905.

Katherine left Clarence and her three children to run away with Clarence's doctor, Dr. Joseph Blake in 1910. The marriage officially ended in divorce in Paris in 1914. Katherine returned to New York in 1930, the same year she died from cancer.

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Katherine Alexander Mackay's Timeline

1879
May 9, 1879
New York, New York, United States
1900
February 25, 1900
Age 20
1904
1904
Age 24
1915
July 1, 1915
Age 36
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
1916
May 24, 1916
Age 37
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
1918
1918
Age 38
1930
April 19, 1930
Age 50
New York, New York, United States