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Winthrop Williams Aldrich

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Birthplace: Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
Death: Died
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Son of Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich and Abby Pearce Aldrich (Chapman)
Husband of Harriet Crocker Aldrich
Father of Mary Homans; Harriet C. Bering; <private> Burr (Aldrich); <private> Redmond (Aldrich) and Private User
Brother of Abigail "Abby" Greene Rockefeller (Aldrich); William Truman Aldrich; Elise Chapman Aldrich; Robert Chapman Aldrich; Stuart Morgan Aldrich and 5 others

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About Winthrop W. Aldrich GBE, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winthrop_W._Aldrich


Early years


Winthrop Williams Aldrich was born in Rhode Island in 1885, the son of Nelson W. Aldrich. He attended Harvard University, receiving a bachelor's degree and a J.D. degree.


Winthrop Williams Aldrich, GBE (November 2, 1885 – February 25, 1974) was an American banker and financier, scion of a prominent political family, and US Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Career

Winthrop William Aldrich served as president and chairman of the board of Chase National Bank from 1930 to 1953. During and after World War II, he was a leader in the organization of relief efforts and financial assistance to Europe. In 1953, he became US Ambassador to the UK under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and he remained in London until 1957. He belonged to and served on the boards of many charitable organizations.

Private Life

In 1916 Aldrich married Harriet Alexander. His sister Abby Aldrich was the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr..

He was an amateur musician, an artist whose specialty was watercolor seascapes, and a yachtsman who was navigator of the America's Cup defender Enterprise.[2]

Honors

In 1947, he was appointed an honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire by King George VI.[2] This entitled him to use the postnominal letters GBE, but not to the prenominal title "Sir".

From the 1940 federal census, Winthrop W. Aldrich lived at 15 East 78th Street, New York City, New York, with his wife and four daughters. The family at the time consisted of:

  • Head Winthrop W Aldrich 54
  • Wife Harriet Aldrich 51
  • Daughter Mary Aldrich 19
  • Daughter Harriet Aldrich 17
  • Daughter Lucy Aldrich 16
  • Daughter Elizabeth Aldrich 14
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Winthrop W. Aldrich GBE, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom's Timeline

1885
November 2, 1885
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
1921
1921
Age 35
New York, United States
1923
1923
Age 37
New York, United States
1974
February 25, 1974
Age 88