Historical records matching Robert Williams Daniel
About Robert Williams Daniel
Robert Williams Daniel (September 11, 1884 – December 20, 1940) was an American banker who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, and later became a gentleman farmer and served in the Virginia Senate.
- Name: Mr Robert Williams Daniel
- Born: Thursday 11th September 1884
- Age: 27 years
- Last Residence: in Montreal Québéc Canada
- 1st Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 113804 , £30 10s
- Rescued (boat 3)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Friday 20th December 1940
- Cause of Death: Cirrhosis of the Liver
- Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia United States
Mr Robert Williams Daniel, 27, was born 11 September 1884 in Richmond, Virginia, the son of James R. V. Daniel and Hallie Williams.
Robert Daniel boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113804, £30 10s). He was on his way to Philidelphia, PA. He was probably rescued in lifeboat 3 although in the book The Sinking of the Titanic Daniel is reported jumped into the water with the Wideners and was picked up by a lifeboat.
Robert Daniel, a Philadelphia passenger, told of terrible scenes at this period of the disaster. He said men fought and bit and struck one another like madmen, and exhibited wounds upon his face to prove the assertion. Mr Daniel said that he was picked up naked from the ice-cold water and almost perished from exposure before he was rescued. He and others told how the Titanic's bow was completely torn away by the impact with the berg.
"George D. Widener and Harry Elkins Widener were among those who jumped at the last minute. So did Robert Williams Daniel. The three of them went down together. Daniel struck out, lashing the water with his arms until he had made a point far distant from the sinking monster of the sea. Later he was picked up by one of the passing life-boats.
While aboard the rescue ship Carpathia, he met fellow Titanic survivor Mrs Lucien P. Smith, who's husband perished during the disaster.
Mr Daniel was married two more times and later became a member of the state senate for Virginia. He died on 20 December 1940, aged 56.
References and Sources
- Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Death
- Unidentified Newspaper (Richmond, Virginia), 21 December 1940, Obituary
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55).
- Walter Lord (1986) The Night Lives On: Thoughts, Theories and Revelations about the Titanic. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 140 27900 8
- Logan Marshall (1912) The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters
- Phillip Gowan, USA
- Tim Williams