Ward McAllister (1827-1895)

(Samuel) Ward McAllister, Self-Appointed Arbiter of New York's Gilded Age Society

He was named for his uncle-by-marriage, Samuel Ward III. Together with Lina Astor, 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. It was Ward McAllister's daughter who is credited for the line, "Meet me at the Hyphen" in reference to the twin hotels, the Waldorf-Astoria, which also became a popular song. 
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 12/02/2019 and last updated on 27/03/2019.