m. 27 Oct 1897
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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). As an adult, RGS II gained a reputation for alcohol abuse and promiscuity. His first wife was Viscountess Nancy Witcher Langhorne, and they had a son, Robert Gould Shaw III (RGS III, also known as Bobby). RGS II and Langhorne divorced after four years of marriage. She moved to England after some time, where she met and married Waldorf Astor, who later succeeded his father as Viscount.
RGS II married again and had another son, Louis Agassiz Shaw II. Both of his sons suffered from depression, alcoholism, and legal difficulties. Bobby was arrested in England for homosexuality; he continued to struggle, eventually committing suicide in July 1970. Louis Agassiz Shaw II murdered his 60-year-old maid in 1964, for which he never stood trial. He was determined to be unfit for trial and was remanded instead to a psychiatric hospital, where he resided for nearly the rest of his life.