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Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986

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role Collector
dates 1891-1986
city New York City
gender M
historical notes Art collector, diplomat, entrepreneur, industrialist, financier, politician, and philanthropist. One of six children of railroad baron Edward Henry Harriman (1848-1909) and his wife Mary Williamson Averell.

Harriman with his brother E. Roland Harriman formed the investment house of W.A. Harriman & Company, which later merged with Brown Brothers.

Harriman was married three times. On 21 September 1915 he married Kitty Lanier Lawrence, with whom he had two children: Mary (Mrs. Shirley C. Fisk) and Kathleen (Mrs. Stanley G. Mortimer, Jr.). This marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Marie Norton Whitney, took place on 21 February 1930. Marie Harriman, who operated an art gallery in New York between 1930 and 1942, died in 1970. On 27 September 1971 Averell married Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, the widow of Broadway producer Leland Hayward and the mother, by a previous marriage, of Winston Churchill's grandson and namesake. W. Averell Harriman died in 1986 at age 94, survived by his wife, two children, and six grandchildren.
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Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Papers of W. Averell Harriman, (bulk 1895-1986). see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Garden Club of America Collection see details...
The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. Records, 1825-1970. see details...

see also:
Harriman, Marie Norton Whitney, 1903-1970