The Info List - Winthrop W. Aldrich

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.


1 Early years 2 Career 3 Private life 4 Honors 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links 8 Archives and records

Early years[edit] Aldrich was born in Rhode Island
Rhode Island
in 1885, the son of Nelson W. Aldrich. He attended Harvard University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1907 and a J.D. degree in 1910. During the First World War
First World War
Aldrich had built, at his own expense, the patrol boat USS Herreshoff No. 309 which was leased by Aldrich to the U.S. Navy and patrolled the waters off of Rhode Island
Rhode Island
from 15 November 1917 to 31 December 1918 when it was returned to Aldrich. Aldrich had been commissioned a lieutenant (junior grade) in the Naval Reserve and was called to active duty on April 8, 1917 and was assigned to the Naval Training Station in Newport, Rhode Island. He transferred to the USS Niagara (SP-136) in September and was assigned as the ship's navigator. He was reassigned to the USS New Orleans (CL-22) in June 1918 and served on convoy duty. He was promoted to lieutenant on June 1 of the same year and, after the armistice, was released from active duty in December.[2] Career[edit]

Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
with Marilyn Monroe, 1957

Aldrich served as president and chairman of the board of Chase National Bank
from 1930 to 1953. He served as commodore of the New York Yacht Club from 1932 to 1934. During and after World War II, as president of the National War Fund Inc., he was a leader in the organization of relief efforts and financial assistance to Europe. In 1947 he was invested by King George VI
King George VI
as an honorary Knight Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE). 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[edit]

Portrait of Harriet Alexander, 1909

In 1916 Aldrich married Harriet Alexander.[3] His sister Abby Aldrich was the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. He was an amateur musician and an artist whose specialty was watercolor seascapes. As a yachtsman he was navigator, under skipper Harold S. Vanderbilt, of the 1930 America's Cup
America's Cup
J Class defender Enterprise.[4] He built a 40-room manor on 108 acres in Brookville on Long Island.[5] Honors[edit] In 1947, he was appointed an honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire by King George VI.[4] This entitled him to use the postnominal letters GBE, but not to the prenominal title "Sir" as he was not a British subject. He was a member of the exclusive and prestigious Pilgrims Society. References[edit]

^ Winthrop Aldrich Dead; Banker and Diplomat, 88, New York Times, Feb 26 1974] Retrieved 2017-04-26. ^ Harvard's Military Record in the World War. Harvard University Press. pg. 28. ^ Miss Alexander a Bride, The New York Times, December 8, 1916, p. 9 ^ a b Time, 8 December 1952 ^ Brookville homes start at $1M and continue to lure the affluent Retrieved 2014-09-05.

Further reading[edit] Winthrop W. Aldrich: Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat by Arthur M. Johnson. 1968. Harvard University. External links[edit]

http://www.hbs.edu/leadership/database/leaders/9/ http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/wes/collections/women_home_abroad/social/content/1001955887.html Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
at Find a Grave

Archives and records[edit]

Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
papers at Baker Library Special
Collections, Harvard Business School

Business positions

Preceded by Albert H. Wiggin Chase CEO 1930-1953 Succeeded by John J. McCloy

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of America to the Court of St. James's

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John Lothrop Motley
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Robert C. Schenck
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Edwards Pierrepont
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James Russell Lowell
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Robert Todd Lincoln

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's 1893–present

Thomas F. Bayard
Thomas F. Bayard
Sr. (1893–1897) John Hay
John Hay
(1897–1898) Joseph Choate (1899–1905) Whitelaw Reid
Whitelaw Reid
(1905–1912) Walter Page (1913-1918) John W. Davis
John W. Davis
(1918–1921) George Harvey (1921–1923) Frank B. Kellogg
Frank B. Kellogg
(1924–1925) Alanson B. Houghton
Alanson B. Houghton
(1925–1929) Charles G. Dawes
Charles G. Dawes
(1929–1931) Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
(1932–1933) Robert Bingham (1933–1937) Joseph P. Kennedy (1938–1940) John G. Winant (1941–1946) W. Averell Harriman
W. Averell Harriman
(1946) Lewis W. Douglas (1947–1950) Walter S. Gifford
Walter S. Gifford
(1950–1953) Winthrop W. Aldrich
Winthrop W. Aldrich
(1953–1957) John Hay Whitney
John Hay Whitney
(1957–1961) David K. E. Bruce (1961–1969) Walter H. Annenberg (1969–1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1975–1976) Anne Armstrong (1976–1977) Kingman Brewster Jr. (1977–1981) John J. Louis Jr. (1981–1983) Charles H. Price II
Charles H. Price II
(1983–1989) Henry E. Catto Jr. (1989–1991) Raymond G. H. Seitz (1991–1994) William J. Crowe
William J. Crowe
(1994–1997) Philip Lader
Philip Lader
(1997–2001) William Stamps Farish III
William Stamps Farish III
(2001–2004) Robert H. Tuttle
Robert H. Tuttle
(2005–2009) Louis Susman
Louis Susman
(2009–2013) Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
(2013–2017) Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
(2017– )

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