m. 27 Oct 1897
Facts and Events
Robert Gould Shaw II (sometimes referred to as RGS II, June 16, 1872 — March 29, 1930) was a wealthy landowner and socialite of the leisure class in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts during the late 19th century, in an era of rapid economic and population growth in the United States referred to as the Gilded Age.
Born in 1872 into one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Boston, he was a first cousin of Robert Gould Shaw (RGS, 1837—1863). RGS was a colonel in the Volunteer Army of the United States during the American Civil War, and commander of the 54th Regiment the enlisted members of which were all African-American. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw was killed in action during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863, nine years before the birth of RGS II.
RGS II had a reputation for Alcohol abuse and promiscuity. His first wife was Nancy Witcher Langhorne, who later divorced him and married Waldorf Astor. His two sons (Robert Gould Shaw III and Louis Agassiz Shaw II) suffered from depression and alcoholism. Robert Gould Shaw III (RGS III) committed suicide in 1970. Louis Agassiz Shaw II committed a murder in 1964 for which he never stood trial (he was remanded instead to a psychiatric hospital for the rest of his life).