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Henry Symes "Harry" Lehr was an American socialite during the Gilded Age.
Born: March 28, 1869, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 3, 1929, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Spouse: Elizabeth Wharton Drexel (m. 1901)
Parents: Robert Oliver Lehr
Lived: Hôtel de Canvoie, 52 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris, France (48.85411, 2.3297)
Buried: Green Mount Cemetery

Henry “Harry” Symes Lehr was a socialite and the husband of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel. He was the son of Robert Oliver Lehr, a tobacco and snuff importer who became the German consul in Baltimore. Harry was a social climber who duped his wife into a lavender marriage and refused to sleep with her on their wedding night. She stayed in a loveless, unconsummated marriage for 28 years, not wishing to upset her conservative, staunchly Catholic mother, née Lucy Wharton. Her father was Joseph William Drexel, the son of Francis Martin Drexel, the immigrant ancestor of the Drexel banking family in the United States. She married John Vinton Dahlgren I; Dahlgren died on August 11, 1899, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he had gone in hopes of recovering from an illness. She married Henry Symes Lehr in June 1901. In 1915, the Lehrs were in Paris, and Elizabeth worked for the Red Cross. They remained in Paris after World War I, where they bought in 1923 the Hôtel de Canvoie at 52, rue des Saints-Pères in the VIIe arrondissement. Harry Lehr died on January 3, 1929, of a brain tumor in Baltimore. On May 25, 1936, she married John Beresford, 5th Baron Decies. His first wife had been Helen Vivien Gould. He died on January 31, 1944. She died in June 13, 1944, at the Hotel Shelton.
Together from 1901 to 1929: 28 years.
Elizabeth Wharton Drexel (April 22, 1868 – June 13, 1944)
Henry Symes Lehr (March 28, 1869 – January 3, 1929)



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The full-length portrait of Mrs. Harry (Elizabeth Drexel) Lehr was executed in Paris in 1905 by the artist Giovanni Boldini. It now hangs inside The Elms (367 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840). Born Elizabeth Wharton Drexel, she was the daughter of Joseph William Drexel, partner of J. Pierpont Morgan, and Lucy Smith Wharton. She married Joseph Vinton Dahlgren in 1889 and following his death, married Harry Symes Lehr in 1901. In her autobiography “King Lehr and the Gilded Age” (1935), Mrs. Lehr describes how her new husband revealed on their wedding night that theirs was to be a marriage in name only, and that he was only interested in her money. Harry Lehr was said to have had a long intimate relationship with Charles Greenough, unknown to Elizabeth, and later to the woman Greenough married. After Lehr’s death, Elizabeth married John Beresford, 5th Baron Decies in 1936. Her sister Lucy married Elizabeth's first husband's brother and after her divorce was known as Mrs. Drexel Dahlgren, builder of Champs Soleil (601 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840).



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52, rue des Saints-Peres, before Bernard Tapie, had illustrious tenants.
Address: 52 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris, France (48.85411, 2.3297)
Type: Private Property
Place
The hotel had several owners, all noble, earls or marquises, until 1923, when the earl of Beaufort sold it to Lady Lehr (two interlaced L on the porch testify it), wealthy American who began to restore it. Currently private home of Bernard Tapie, also known as Hôtel de Canvoie, was auctioned in Dec. 15, 1994, with a starting price of 70 million francs. The general distribution of the plan shows what could be the design of a wealthy Parisian home in the middle of the XVII century. This element was rarely preserved, in most cases changed over the centuries. Purchased for more than 100 million in 1986, facades, roofs, gates, staircase and some parts are classified in Inventory of Historic Monuments since 1949. Acquired in 1981 by Hubert de Givenchy for 26.5 million francs, the hotel was bought by the company Financière et Immobilière Bernard Tapie for over 100 million in 1986. The hotel had since 1640, date of its construction, many residents; the first was Jean-Hugo de Groot, also known as "Grotius,” Dutch diplomat expelled from his country for his liberal views and refugee in France. In 1661, Marie-Sidonia Lénoncourt, wife of the Marquis de Courcelles, inherited it. The woman is known to have been the mistress of Louvois de Cavoye and many others. Convicted of adultery in 1669, she was free again in 1680, after eleven years of trial. On 18 July, 1679, Marie-Sidonia sold the hotel to Louis d’Oger, Marquis of Cavoye, grand maréchal des logis. Louis d’Oger was raised with Louis XIV. Very nice man, his success with women earned him a duel with the husband of Marie-Sidonia and two years’ imprisonment at the Conciergerie. The hotel was the center of a selected company, including Racine and Boileau. D’Oger engaged Mansart et Lepautre, the architect of the Duke of Orleans, to embellish it and died there in 1716. A commission for historical preservation in Paris, in 1927, described it: "The facades were cleaned and consolidated, reconstituted western pediment, the old Louis XIV staircase repaired, the French garden retraced (...) Magnificent Louis XV woodwork decorates the great hall on the ground floor. Charming, Louis XVI wood paneling and a precious pink marble fireplace restored (...) a boudoir of the former hotel Crillon (...) If spirits of the Marquis de Cavoye and Marquise de Courcelles could return, they would find it much more beautiful than they have ever known." The hotel de Cavoye remains remarkable today for its sobriety and its distribution. On the ground floor, the small and large lounges; in the vestibule, the staircase that leads to the state apartments. The workroom has retained its Regency woodwork. The rooms on the garden, are decorated in style Louis XV and Louis XVI. To the left of the stairs opens a library with gallery and, after it, a small Restoration boudoir.
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Who: Elizabeth Wharton "Bessie" Drexel (April 22, 1868 – June 13, 1944)
Elizabeth Wharton Drexel was an American author and Manhattan socialite. She is the lady with the orange dress in a famous 1905 portrait by Giovanni Boldini. On June 29, 1889, Elizabeth married John Vinton Dahlgren I (1869–1899), the son of Admiral John Adolph Dahlgren (1809–1870.) Dahlgren died Aug. 11, 1899, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he had gone in hopes of recovering from an illness. Elizabeth married Henry Symes Lehr (1869–1929), aka Harry Lehr in June 1901. Symes Lehr was homosexual and the marriage was never consummated. In 1915 the Lehrs were in Paris, and Elizabeth worked for the Red Cross. They remained in Paris after WWI, where they bought in 1923 the Hôtel de Canvoie at 52, rue des Saints-Pères in the 7th arrondissement. Harry Lehr died on January 3, 1929 of a brain malady in Baltimore. On May 25, 1936 she married John Beresford, 5th Baron Decies. His first wife had been Helen Vivien Gould. He died on January 31, 1944. She died in 1944 at the Hotel Shelton. She was buried in the Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, which she and her first husband had built as a memorial to their son, Joseph Drexel Dahlgren, who died in infancy. As with her prior book “King Lehr and the Gilded Age” (1935), Lady Decies’ “Turn of the World” (1937) is a fascinating semi-autobiographical history of American high society during the Gay Nineties through WWI. Upon the book’s publication, The Pittsburgh Press wrote, "The magnificent spectacle that went on behind the scenes in pre-war days of society’s Gilded Age at Saratoga, Newport, New York and Paris is detailed by an insider, Elizabeth, Lady Decies, who was Miss Elizabeth Wharton Drexel interesting, amusing and sometimes revolting, as with evident nostalgia she tells of extravagant parties and fortunes spent for clothes and jewels."



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Green Mount Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. Established on March 15, 1838, and dedicated on July 13, 1839, it is noted for the large number of historical figures interred in its grounds as well as a large number of prominent Baltimore-area families. It retained the name Green Mount when the land was purchased from the heirs of Baltimore merchant Robert Oliver.
Address: 1501 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA (39.30922, -76.60588)
Type: Cemetery (open to public)
Phone: +1 410-539-0641
National Register of Historic Places: 80001786, 1980
Place
Green Mount is a treasury of precious works of art, including striking works by major sculptors including William H. Rinehart and Hans Schuler. Nearly 65,000 people are buried here, including the poet Sydney Lanier, philanthropists Johns Hopkins and Enoch Pratt, Napoleon Bonaparte's sister-in-law Betsy Patterson, John Wilkes Booth, and numerous military, political and business leaders. In addition to John Wilkes Booth, two other conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are buried here, Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlen. It is common for visitors to the cemetery to leave pennies on the graves of the three men; the one-cent coin features the likeness of the president they successfully sought to murder. Until a 1965 agreement with Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor had planned for a burial in a purchased plot in Rose Circle at Green Mount Cemetery, near where the father of the Duchess was interred. The 1965 agreement allowed for the former King Edward VIII and wife, the Duchess of Windsor, to be buried near other members of the royal family in the Royal Burial Ground near Windsor Castle.
Notable queer burials at Green Mount Cemetery:
• Mary Elizabeth Garrett (1854-1915), American suffragist and philanthropist. At her death, she gave $15,000,000 to M. Carey Thomas, the president of Bryn Mawr College, with whom she was romantically involved and had lived with at Bryn Mawr in the Deanery.
• Mamie Gwinn (1860-1940). In 1885 M. Carey Thomas, together with Mary Garrett, Mamie Gwinn, Elizabeth King, and Julia Rogers, founded The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore Maryland. For many years Thomas maintained an intimate relationship with long-time friend, Mamie Gwinn. Thomas and Gwinn lived together at Bryn Mawr College in a small cottage that came to be known as "the Deanery". When Gwinn left Thomas in 1904 to marry (a love triangle fictionalized in Gertrude Stein's “Fernhurst”) Alfred Hodder, a fellow Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, Thomas pursued a relationship with Mary Elizabeth Garrett.
• Harry Lehr (1869-1929), American socialite during the Gilded Age. He was known for staging elaborate parties alongside Marion "Mamie" Fish, such as the so-called "dog's dinner", in which 100 pets of wealthy friends dined at foot-high tables while dressed in formal attire At a later party, he impersonated the Czar of Russia, and was henceforth dubbed "King Lehr". He was married to heiress Elizabeth "Bessie" Wharton Drexel. He refused to sleep with her on their wedding night.



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