Edward Henry Delafield

Edward Henry Delafield (December 23, 1880 – December 2, 1955) was a Connecticut politician and prominent landowner.[1]

Edward Henry Delafield
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornDecember 23, 1880
New York, New York
DiedDecember 2, 1955(1955-12-02) (aged 74)
Stamford, Connecticut
Winifred Folsom
(m. 1904; died 1927)
ParentsFrancis Delafield
Katherine Van Rensselaer
RelativesFloyd Delafield Crosby (nephew)
EducationSt. Paul's School
Alma materYale University

Early lifeEdit

Delafield was born in New York, New York on December 23, 1880. He was the son of Dr. Francis Delafield (1841–1915)[2] and Katherine Van Rensselaer (d. 1901), a granddaughter of Stephen Van Rensselaer III, the patroon of Rensselaerwyck.[2][3] Edward Henry Delafield's sister Julia Floyd Crosby (b. 1874) was the grandmother of musician David Crosby.

Delafield graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire[4] and later, Yale University, in 1902,[5] where his father also graduated from in 1860.[6]


In 1921, at the age of 41, Edward Henry Delafield inherited a large farm In Darien, Connecticut. He retired as a broker, from the New York Stock Exchange, in 1930, and entered the real estate and insurance business.[1]

In 1944, he was elected as a Representative to the Connecticut State Legislature and was reelected in 1946.[1][7] He developed the Darien Theater block, the first Seagate subdivision and the early North Stamford properties.[8]

He founded Delafield Island and the Delafield Island Association.[9] He was president of the Weeburn Country Club, and Darien Deputy Sheriff.[10] His summer home was called Sunswick.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 1904, he married Winifred Folsom (1882–1927), a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, who was the fifth daughter of George Winthrop Folsom (1846–1915)[12] of Lenox, Massachusetts, and the granddaughter of George Folsom.[13][14] They lived in Darien, Connecticut and the marriage produced four daughters:[15][4]

  • Winifred Folsom Delafield (1906-1983), who first married Donald McL. Frothingham in 1926.[16] They divorced in 1934, and later that same year, she married Francis Ernest Gay.[17]
  • Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Delafield (1908-1983), who first married Robert H. Spurgeon in 1929.[18][11] She later married Frank A. Zunino Jr. (d. 1975)[19]
  • Frances Katherine Delafield (1913-1995), who first married Edgar L. Stone in 1933.[20] She later married W. W. Johns[1]
  • Georgette Winthrop Delafield (b. 1914), who first married Lawrence Logan Bevans in 1935.[10][21] After their divorce in October 1938, she married Floyd W. Jefferson, Jr. in 1939. He was previously married to Eleanor J. Alsop.[22] Richard Barrett[1]

Delafield died on December 2, 1955 in Stamford, Connecticut.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Times, Special To The New York (2 December 1955). "EDWARD H. DELAFIELD". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "FRANCIS DELAFIELD, PATHOLOGIST, DEAD; New York Surgeon Succumbs to Apoplexy, at 73, at His Sister's Home in Noroton, Conn. EMERITUS OF COLUMBIA Author of Many Standard Medical Works, and Consulting Physician When McKinley Was Shot". The New York Times. 18 July 1915. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  3. ^ Social Register, New York. Social Register Association. 1898. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Connecticut State Register and Manual. Secretary of the State. 1945. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ University, Yale (1910). Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, 1701-1910. Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. James T. White & Co. 1909. p. 279. Retrieved 3 April 2017. Edward Henry Delafield Yale.
  7. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Dehaan to Delandra". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ "FIELDSTON BUILDING PLOTS IN DEMAND AS VILLA SITES". The New York Times. 14 October 1923. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Real estate: A Craftsman cottage, part of Cedar Gate in Darien". Stamford Advocate. January 6, 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  10. ^ a b "TROTH ANNOUNCED OF MISS DELAFIELD; Connecticut Girl, Member of Fuller Family of Boston, to Be Bride of L.L. Bevans". The New York Times. 28 September 1934. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b Times, Special To The New York (23 June 1929). "MISS E. DELAFIELD HAS CHURCH BRIDAL; Wed to Robert H. Spurgeon by Bishop Lloyd Before a Large Company. JOYCE PORTER IS A BRIDE Married in Garden to James R. Arneill Jr.--1,000 at Reception--Other Weddings". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  12. ^ "G. WINTHROP FOLSOM DIES.; Member of Old New York Family and Prominent Resident of Lenox" (PDF). The New York Times. March 30, 1915. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  13. ^ Times, Special To The New York (2 October 1904). "MISS W. FOLSOM BRIDE OF EDWARD DELAFIELD; Society in Strong Force at Wedding in Lenox". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  14. ^ Times, Special To The New York (14 October 1904). "SOCIETY NOTES FROM LENOX". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  15. ^ Pelletreau, William Smith (1907). Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Family History of New York. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 277. Retrieved 3 April 2017. Edward Henry Delafield.
  16. ^ "THREE BRIDES GRACE WEDDINGS OF DAY; Miss Winifred Delafield Wed to Donald McL. Frothingham in St. Thomas's". The New York Times. 9 January 1926. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  17. ^ Times, Special to the New York (28 June 1934). "MRS. FROTHINGHAM WED.; Her Marriage to Francis Ernest Gay Takes Place in Darien". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  18. ^ "MISS DELAFIELD ENGAGED.; Elizabeth to Wed R.H. Spurgeon-- Miss Andrews Betrothed". The New York Times. 11 April 1929. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  19. ^ Times, Special To The New York (5 September 1975). "FRANK A. ZUNINO JR". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  20. ^ "MISS F. DELAFIELD QUIETLY WED HERE; Sculptress Becomes Bride of Edgar L. Stone, a New York Musician. WEDDING DETAILS SECRET Her Father Has Estate at Noroton, Conn. No Announcement of an Engagement Made". The New York Times. 1 June 1933. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  21. ^ Times, Special To The New York (18 January 1935). "Miss Georgette Delafield of Noroton Becomes Bride of Lawrence L. Bevans". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  22. ^ "MRS. G.D. BEVANS WED; Bride of Floyd W. Jefferson Jr. in Church Ceremony Here". The New York Times. 21 October 1939. Retrieved 3 April 2017.