Person:Robert Shaw (15)

Robert Gould Shaw
b.16 Jun 1872 Boston, Massachusetts
d.29 Mar 1930 Newton, Massachusetts
m. 30 NOV 1860
  1. Louis Agassiz Shaw1861 - 1891
  2. Robert Gould Shaw1872 - 1930
m. 27 Oct 1897
  1. Robert Gould Shaw, III1898 - 1970
m. abt 1905
  1. Louis Agassiz Shaw1906 - 1987
Facts and Events
Name[2] Robert Gould Shaw
Gender Male
Birth[1] 16 Jun 1872 Boston, Massachusetts
Marriage 27 Oct 1897 "Mirador," Greenwood, Albemarle County, Virginia(his 1st wife; her 1st husband)
to Nancy Witcher Langhorne
Divorce 3 Feb 1903 from Nancy Witcher Langhorne
Marriage abt 1905 (his 2nd wife)
to Mary Hannington
Death[1] 29 Mar 1930 Newton, Massachusetts
Reference Number? Q7344895?
Burial[1] Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

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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.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert Gould Shaw, II, in Find A Grave.
  2. MacColl, Gail, and Carol McD. Wallace. To Marry an English Lord. (New York: Workman Publishing, 1989).

    Wealthy landowner and socialite of a very influential Boston family. Alcoholic and a womanizer. Nancy left him several times, the first time during their honeymoon. He had two sons, one by each wife. Both were alcoholics; one committed murder and was institutionalized rather than standing trial, the other committed suicide. First cousin of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the all-Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry in the Civil War.

  3.   Robert Gould Shaw II, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  4.   Robert Gould Shaw II, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.