Caroline Webster Schermerhorn (1830-1908)

Mrs "Lina" (Schermerhorn) Astor, "The Mrs Astor"

Associated Houses

Beechwood

Newport

Ferncliff

Rhinebeck

840 Fifth Avenue

Manhattan

Mrs Astor's House

350 Fifth Avenue at 34th, New York

She was arguably the leading hostess of her era in Gilded Age New York. Together with Ward McAllister, they drew up The Four Hundred - the first American social register made up of 213 New York families and individuals whose moneyed lineage could be traced back at least three generations. She was the scion of several old New York families, but her husband's vast fortune was, conveniently, in its third generation! They were the parents of five children, a son (John Jacob Astor IV who was lost on the Titanic) and four daughters: (1) Emily, Mrs James Van Alen (2) Helen, Mrs James Roosevelt (3) Charlotte, Mrs J. Coleman Drayton (4) Caroline, Mrs M. Orme Wilson.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 04/10/2018 and last updated on 25/02/2020.