George Griswold Frelinghuysen
|Born||May 9, 1851|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||April 21, 1936 (aged 84)|
|Education||Rutgers University (1870)|
Columbia Law School (1872)
Sara Linen Ballantine
(m. 1881; his death 1936)
|Children||Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen I|
Matilda Elizabeth Frelinghuysen
|Parent(s)||Frederick T. Frelinghuysen|
Matilda Elizabeth Griswold
|Relatives||Frederick Frelinghuysen (great-grandfather)|
Frelinghuysen was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 9, 1851. He was the son of Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen and Matilda Elizabeth Griswold. Matilda was of English descent. His father was a lawyer who served as a U.S. Senator and later as Secretary of State under President Chester A. Arthur. His siblings included: Matilda Griswold Frelinghuysen, who married Henry Winthrop Gray, a prominent merchant; Charlotte Louisa Frelinghuysen; Frederick Frelinghuysen, who married Estelle B. Kinney;[a] Theodore Frelinghuysen, a prominent New York clubman; and Sarah Helen Frelinghuysen (1856–1939), who married Judge John Davis, and after his death, Brig. Gen. Charles Laurie McCawley.[b]
His paternal grandparents were Frederick Frelinghuysen and Mary (née Dumont) Frelinghuysen. His grandfather died when his father was just three years old, so his father was adopted by his uncle, Theodore Frelinghuysen.[c] Both grandfather and adopted grandfather were sons of Frederick Frelinghuysen, the eminent lawyer who was one of the framers of the first New Jersey Constitution, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, a member of the Continental Congress, and a member of the United States Senate. His maternal grandfather George Griswold, was a merchant in New York City who "made an immense fortune in the time of the clipper trade with China."
Frelinghuysen was admitted to the New Jersey and New York bars, in 1872 and 1876, respectively. He became a patent lawyer, eventually working for and becoming President of Ballantine. At its peak, Ballantine was the fourth largest brewery in the United States.
On April 26, 1881, George was married to Sara Linen Ballantine (1858–1940). Sara was the granddaughter of Peter Ballantine, the New Jersey brewer; and the daughter of Peter Hood Ballantine (1831–1882). Together, George and Sara had two children:
- Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen I (1882–1959), who married Adaline Havemeyer (1884–1963), a daughter of president of the American Sugar Refining Company Henry Osborne Havemeyer, on February 7, 1907. Future president Franklin D. Roosevelt, a classmate of Peter's at Columbia Law School, was an usher at the wedding.
- Matilda Elizabeth Frelinghuysen (1887–1967), who did not marry and who lived in Whippany.
The George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum is named for him.
- Through his brother Frederick, he was the uncle of George Griswold Frelinghuysen II, who married Anne de Smolianinof; Estelle C. "Suzy" Frelinghuysen, who married fellow painter George Lovett Kingsland Morris; Frederick Frelinghuysen; Thomas Frelinghuysen; and Theodore Frelinghuysen.
- Through his sister Sarah and niece Mathilda Elizabeth Frelinghuysen (née Davis) Lodge (1876–1960), who married George Cabot Lodge, he was the grand-uncle of Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1902–1985), the diplomat and United States Senator from Massachusetts, and John Davis Lodge (1903–1985), also a diplomat, U.S. Representative, and Governor of Connecticut.
- His grand-uncle and adopted grandfather, Theodore Frelinghuysen, was Attorney General of New Jersey from 1817 to 1829, was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey from 1829 to 1835, was the Whig candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Henry Clay ticket in the 1844 Presidential election, and was Chancellor of New York University from 1839 until 1850 and president of Rutgers College from 1850 to 1862.
- "G.G. FRELINGHUYSEN DIES AT AGE OF 84; Son of Arthur's Secretary Of State Was Lawyer Here for Half century. KIN OF NOTED GENERAL Parent, Great-Uncle, Cousin All Served New Jersey in the United States Senate" (PDF). The New York Times. April 22, 1936. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- Salisbury. The Griswold family of Connecticut. New Haven : Press of Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor. p. 150.
- "FRELINGHUYSEN, Frederick Theodore - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- Lee, Francis Bazley (1910). Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey ... Lewis historical Publishing Company. p. 14. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "MRS. M.G.F. GRAY OF OLD FAMILY DIES; Daughter of F. T. Frelinghuysen, Once Secretary of State-Funeral Today". The New York Times. 25 March 1926. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "DIED. Gray". The New York Times. 15 October 1906. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "In Bonds of Matrimony; Marriage of Mr. Gray and Miss. Frelinghuysen. a Quiet Ceremony at the Homestead of the Bride's Family". The New York Times. 17 May 1889. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Charlotte Frelinghuysen". The New York Times. 19 July 1930. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Frederick Frelinghuysen. Ex-President of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company Dies". New York Times. January 2, 1924. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
Frelinghuysen was President of the Benefit Life Insurance Company in Newark for ... to become President of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company. ...
- "Frederick Frelinghuysen's Engagement". The New York Times. 7 July 1902. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "G.G. Frelinghuysen Weds Russian Girl. Anne de Smolianinoff, Daughter of Former Grand Master of Imperial Court, His Bride". New York Times. December 14, 1934. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
Daughter of Former Grand Master of Imperial Court, His Bride. Mrs. Vladimir N. de Smolianinof of West Seventy-fifth Street announced yesterday the ...
- "Obtains Decree in Reno; Former Anne de Smolianinof Divorces G. G. Frelinghuysen". The New York Times. June 7, 1938. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
Mrs. Anne de Smolianinoff Frelinghuysen obtained a divorce here today from George Griswold Frelinghuysen of Princeton, New Jersey, on grounds of cruelty. They were married on December 12, 1934, in Los Angeles.
- "MRS. S.H. M'CAWLEY, WASHINGTON HOSTESS; Grandmother of Senator Lodge Dies in Home at Capital". The New York Times. 20 February 1939. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Photographs II". The Massachusetts Historical Society. MHS. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- Jackson, Kenneth T. (1998). The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: 1981-1985. Charles Scribner's Sons. ISBN 9780684804927. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "LODGE, John Davis, (1903–1985)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- "MRS. F. T. FRELINGHUYSEN". The New York Times. 4 February 1889. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Ballantine Frelinghuysen" (PDF). New York Times. April 27, 1881. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
Trinity Church, in Newark, was crowded yesterday by one of the most brilliant wedding parties ever seen in that city. Many persons were present from New-York, and nearly every section of New-Jersey was represented in the audience of 1,200 persons.
- "Peter Frelinghuysen Sr. Is Dead; Banker, Father of Congressman" (PDF). The New York Times. March 12, 1959. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "Mrs. Peter Frelinghuysen, Mother of Representative" (PDF). The New York Times. April 14, 1963. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "ST. THOMAS'S THRONGED FOR HAVEMEYER WEDDING Miss Adaline Havemeyer and Mr. Frelinghuysen Wed Yesterday. BRIDE'S VEIL OF RARE LACE Reception After the Ceremony at the Havemeyer Home — Social News of the Day" (PDF). The New York Times. February 8, 1907. Retrieved 19 February 2019.