Winthrop Chanler Rutherfurd (1862-1944)
Winthrop Rutherfurd, of Rutherfurd Hall, New Jersey
He was described as "breathtakingly good-looking" and the Gilded Age novelist Edith Wharton named him as "the prototype of my first novels". He was one of Mrs Astor's so-called Four Hundred and is chiefly remembered as the man with whom Consuelo Vanderbilt was in love with but had to set aside by order of her mother to marry (though tears) the 9th Duke of Marlborough. Winthrop too was heartbroken and remained a bachelor until the age of 40. Following this episode he had several high profile affairs with many of the most beautiful women in Gilded Age society, notably Mrs Ava Astor. His second wife was later known as the mistress of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 22/04/2019 and last updated on 22/04/2019.