Mary Harriman Rumsey

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Mary Rumsey (Harriman)

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of E. H. Harriman and Mary Williamson Harriman
Wife of Charles Cary Rumsey, sculptor
Mother of Charles Cary Harriman Rumsey; Mary Averell Rumsey and Peter Bronson Rumsey
Sister of Henry Neilson Harriman; Cornelia Gerry; Carol A. Smith; W. Averell Harriman and E. Roland Harriman

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About Mary Harriman Rumsey

Mary Harriman Rumsey (November 17, 1881 – December 18, 1934) was the founder of The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements, later known as the Junior League of the City of New York of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. Mary was the daughter of railroad magnate E.H. Harriman and sister to W. Averell Harriman, former New York State Governor and United States Diplomat. In 2015 she was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Mary attended Barnard College, where she specialized in sociology and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Mary Harriman Rumsey's initial organization was a group of 80 debutantes in 1901. The Junior League was established to unite interested young women of means in joining the Settlement Movement in New York City. Rumsey and the League's leaders brought together experts on the Settlement Movement to provide lectures and instruction to Junior League members. Today, The Junior League is one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women's volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in 292 Leagues in four countries.

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Mary Harriman Rumsey's Timeline

November 17, 1881
Age 29
Age 31
March 31, 1917
Age 35
December 18, 1934
Age 53