Jumel, Eliza

SOCIALITE (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
BORN 7 Apr 1755, Providence, Rhode Island - DIED 16 Jul 1865, New York City, New York: Washington Heights, Manhattan
REAL NAME Bowen, Eliza
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Riverside Drive 770 (Between 153th and 155th Street) (Jumel Vault, Eastern section)

Eliza Bowen was the daughter of a prostitute and it seems that she worked as a prostitute herself. She claimed that she was the daughter of a French naval officer and she married the French wine merchant Stephen Jumel (1755-1832), who bought Morris Mansion for her (Morris-Jumel Mansion is now the oldest house in Manhattan). But she wasn't accepted in New York society because of her past.

She went to France with her husband and Napoleon was favourably impressed by her charms and gave her furniture that still can be seen at the Morris-Jumel Mansion. But her marriage detoriated and when her husband died in 1832 she was accused of letting him bleed to death on purpose after he fell of a wagon.

The next year she married Aaron Burr, the former vice-president of the USA. But before long he was wasting her fortune and after four months of marriage she left him and asked for a divorce. The divorce was formally granted on the day Burr died in 1836. She lived in Manhattan at her mansion for the rest of her life.

Related persons
• met Napoleon I Bonaparte

Images

The mausoleum of Eliza Jumel at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, New York City.
Picture by Androom (17 Apr 2010)

 

Sources
Eliza Jumel - Wikipedia


Jundt, Gustave

Published: 29 Mar 2019
Last update: 29 Mar 2019