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Lucy Truman Aldrich (October 23, 1869 – January 12, 1955) was a philanthropist and art collector who was the eldest daughter of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich of Rhode Island.[1]

Lucy Aldrich
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Aldrich in 1923
Born
Lucy Truman Aldrich

(1869-10-23)October 23, 1869
DiedJanuary 12, 1955(1955-01-12) (aged 85)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
EducationMiss Porter's School
Known forArt collection
Parent(s)Nelson W. Aldrich
Abigail Pearce Truman Chapman
RelativesAbby Aldrich Rockefeller (sister)
Winthrop W. Aldrich (brother)
Richard S. Aldrich (brother)

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BiographyEdit

Lucy was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 23, 1869.[2] She was the oldest surviving of eleven children born to U.S. Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich and Abigail Pearce Truman "Abby" Chapman. Her sister, philanthropist Abigail Greene "Abby" Aldrich, was married to tycoon and philanthropist John Davison Rockefeller, Jr. and her brother Winthrop W. Aldrich served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.[3]

Lucy, who never married and was congenitally deaf, was educated privately by governesses and later at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut.[2] She lived in the family home at 110 Benevolent Street in Providence, Rhode Island, for most of her life, but traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. She often retold the story of one trip to China in 1923, when she was captured by armed bandits and held for two days before her release (the Lincheng Outrage).[4]

Lucy died in Providence on January 12, 1955 and was buried at Swan Point Cemetery there.[2] She was woth $2,500,000 at the time of her death.[5]

Art collectionEdit

Lucy was an active art collector, especially in the fields of porcelain and Asian textiles.[6] Between 1934 and 1956, she donated much of her collection to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and was a member of its Museum Committee as well.[2] Her donation "is not only the single most significant gift of textiles to the Museum but is also one of the broadest and best collections of these materials in the world."[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Del Gais, Deborah. "Two Remarkable Women/Sisters" (PDF). rockarch.org. Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports Online. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "LUCY ALDRICH, 85, OF RHODE ISLAND; Daughter of Late Senator and Sister of Ambassador Is Dead in Providence". The New York Times. January 13, 1955. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ Aldrich, Alvin J. George Aldrich Genealogy. Published by the author, 1971.
  4. ^ Rothstein, Meryl. "Prospect - spring 2006 - 'Lucy and the Chinese Bandits'". cds.library.brown.edu. Brown University. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Miss Aldrich Left $2,500,000" (PDF). The New York Times. February 9, 1955. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ Kert, Bernice. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family. New York: Random House, 1993.

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