Herbert M. Harriman

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Herbert M. Harriman
Born Herbert Melville Harriman
(1873-09-28)September 28, 1873
New York City, U.S.
Died January 3, 1933(1933-01-03) (aged 59)
Bovagh House, Aghadowey, County Londonderry, Ireland
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Businessman, sportsman
Spouse(s) Isabella Hunnewell
Mary Madeline "May" (Brady) Stevens Hall
Sarah J. "Sally" Hunter
Parent(s) Oliver Harriman
Laura Low
Relatives E. H. Harriman (cousin)
William Kissam Vanderbilt (brother-in-law)
W. Averell Harriman (cousin)

Herbert Melville Harriman (September 28, 1873 – January 3, 1933) was an American heir, businessman and sportsman.

Early life

Harriman was born on September 28, 1873 in New York City. His father, Oliver Harriman, was a dry goods merchant.[1][2][3] His mother was Laura Low.

Harriman graduated from Princeton University.[2] He served in the American Expeditionary Forces of the United States Army during World War I.[1]

Career

Harriman started his career as a clerk in Omaha, Nebraska for Union Pacific Railroad.[2] Even though his family were majority shareholders, Harriman wanted to start at the bottom and work his way up.[2] However, he quit after a few months and moved back to New York.[1]

Harriman became a socialite on the East Coast.[3] He was stockholder of the Newport Casino.[1] Additionally, he was a member of the Newport Reading Room,[1] He was also a member of the Meadow Brook Golf Club, The Brook, the Turf and Field Club and the Piping Rock Club.[1]

Personal life

Harriman married three times.[3] He married his first wife, Isabella Hunnewell, of a prominent Boston family, on September 26, 1894, at the Hunnewell home in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[4][note 1] His second wife was Mary Madeline “May” Brady.[1] They married in August 1908 at Newport, Rhode Island, and divorced in 1921.[note 2] His third and final wife was Sarah Jane Hunter.[1] They married on October 26, 1921 in Paoli, Indiana.[note 3]

Harriman was an avid golf and tennis player.[1] In golf, he won both the U.S. Amateur[9] and the Metropolitan Amateur[10] in 1899.

Death

Harriman died on January 3, 1933 in Aghadowey, County Londonderry, Ireland.[1][3] His estate was inherited by his widow.[11]

Notes

  1. Isabella Hunnewell was of a wealthy Boston family, the daughter of Arthur Hunnewell and his wife Jane “Jennie” Hubbard Boit. She was born on May 7, 1871, and died age 97 on December 14, 1868. She married three times. Her first husband was Herbert Melville Harriman (1873-1933). They married on September 26, 1894 in Wellesley, Massachusetts and divorced 12 years later in 1906.[5] Her second husband was sportsman J. (James) Searle Barclay (1875-1945). They married on October 8, 1907 and divorced in 1927. Mr. Barclay married actress Nita Naldi in 1929, who had been named as co-respondent in his divorce. After the divorce, Isabella opened an antique store in New York City at 16 East 56th Street. Isabella’s third husband was businessman Gordon Dexter (1864-1937), whom she married on January 10, 1930.[6] They divorced in 1906.
  2. May Brady was born August 2, 1866 and died age 64 on December 30, 1930 in Paris, France.[7] She was the daughter of Judge John Riker Brady (1822-1891) and his wife Katharine Lydig. Her first husband was Charles Albert Stevens (1865-1901), son of Edwin Augustus Stevens. They married on November 15, 1888, and he died in 1901 leaving her a large fortune. She married her second husband, Maj.Charles Spencer Hall of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, in 1902 at London. She left him to visit her father in America in 1904, and obtained a divorce from Hall in Newport, Rhode Island on December 8, 1907, on the grounds of non-support. She married Herbert Harriman on August 19, 1908 in Newport. Thereupon, Major Hall brought suit for divorce in England, and obtained his divorce there, on the grounds of bigamy, about a year and a half after his wife had remarried. The British judge found that the American divorce decree was invalid. Herbert Melville Harriman and May Brady divorced in 1921.
  3. Sarah Jane Hunter was born December 20, 1891 in Belfast, and died December 29, 1933 in Londonderry, Ireland. She was a Red Cross nurse, and their relationship began when she cared for Harriman when he was an officer in the A. E. F.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "H. M. Harriman Dies in Ireland". The New York Times. January 4, 1933. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Rich Man Now A Clerk: Millionaire Toils At Desk To Learn Affairs. Lives On Meager Salary. H. M. Harriman, Son of the Late Oliver Harriman, Learning the Railroad Business". The Leavenworth Times. Kansas. December 28, 1904. p. 8. Retrieved November 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> open access publication - free to read
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Herbert M. Harriman, Member of American Banking Family Dies". Corsicana Daily Sun. Corsicana, Texas. January 3, 1933. p. 10. Retrieved January 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> open access publication - free to read
  4. "Harriman—Hunnewell". The New York Times. September 28, 1894. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Mrs. I. H. Harriman Married in Secret". The New York Times. October 9, 1907. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Dexter-Barclay". The New York Times. January 11, 1930. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Mrs. Harriman Dies in her Paris Home". The New York Times. December 31, 1930. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Mrs. H. M. Harriman: Widow of New York Banker Was Red Cross Nurse in War". The New York Times. December 30, 1933. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Harriman Is Champion". Boston Evening Transcript. July 10, 1899. p. 4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Metropolitan Golfers". Boston Evening Transcript. May 19, 1900. p. 6. This is the second championship, the first having been won by Herbert Harriman, who subsequently captured the amateur.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Widow Sole Heir of H. M. Harriman". The New York Times. February 9, 1933. Retrieved November 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>