Eric Bernard Dahlgren (1866-1922)

Eric B. Dahlgren, of New York

Associated Houses

The Homestead


His father amassed a fortune through his invention of the Dahlgren Gun that featured heavily in both land and sea battles during the Civil War. Eric graduated from Harvard and became a member of the New York Stock Exchange. He belonged to the most prominent clubs in the city: New York Yacht; University; Riding; and, Loyal Legion. In Washington DC, he belonged to the Metropolitan Club. He married his wife in 1890 and lived between 812 Madison Avenue and their country estate at Lawrence on Long Island. His wife filed for an immediate divorce just ten days after his "misconduct" on March 13 & 14, 1912, taking custody of their eight children. The New York Times reported that, "as soon as he was informed that the divorce suit had been made public, he called for his street attire, and hurried from the club, without disclosing his destination". She stripped everything from their townhouse, and without her money to maintain it, the bank foreclosed on the property in 1914. 


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 06/06/2019 and last updated on 09/01/2023.
Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania. By John Woolf Jordan; "Seek's to Divorce an Admiral's Son" The New York Times, March 24, 1912.