In New Amsterdam Bouwerji were worked by African slaves in what was to become Astor Place. It’s funny to realize that all the leftist rhetoric targeting a slaving past in America is really a smoke screen for modern slavery of the American citizens by the governing class. Astor Place was even the headquarters for the American Bible Society.
In 1860 Abraham Lincoln burst on the national political scene with a speech at Cooper Union. The “Right Makes Might” speech laid bare the thoughts of our founders highlighting the federal government’s role in slavery.
E.H. (“Ned”) Harriman was a member of the NY Stock Exchange by the age of 22. He had dropped out of school at the tender age of 14 and was self-conscious of this for the rest of his life.
In 1879 Ned married Mary Williamson Averell, the daughter of W.J. Averell, a banker in Ogdensburg, New York. Averell was also president of the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad Company. In the early years of their marriage, Ned and Mary resided in Far Rockaway, the Wave Crest Park section. Before his marriage, Harriman founded what was later known as The Boys Club of New York, a philanthropic deed which reverberated across the nation. No stranger to hard work, Ned thought it best for the boys to come off the streets and be taught manners. The family recognized the value of helping their fellow man and while Mrs. Harriman had good business sense and embraced philanthropy, she possessed an almost shy demeanor.
In 1881 the Lake Ontario Southern Railroad was acquired by Harriman and reorganized and sold to Pennsylvania Railroad at a handsome profit. This was Ned’s foray into the railroad business where he was ultimately becoming its richest tycoon. It must be noted: Ned Harriman was not a Robber Barron of the Gilded Age – that title would fall to Jay Gould who formerly ran Union Pacific Railroad. The Union Pacific Railroad was incorporated on July 1, 1862. It was an Act of Congress, approved by President Lincoln as a war measure for the strengthening of the Union’s position. Financial troubles forced a reorganization in 1880 with Jay Gould owning much of the stock. Gould was a well known railroad tycoon who played fast and loose with the likes of Boss Tweed. Gould and others attempted to corner the gold market in 1869, bringing on the panic of Black Friday. Gould had influenced Ulysses S. Grant’s brother-in-law, Able Corbin and members of the cabinet forever tainting Grant’s presidency as Grant was suspected of involvement even though he more than likely wasn’t. Grant put a stop to their shenanigans by dumping $4million in gold on the market. Gould’s rapacious behavior is not an isolated case through our history and some people today emulate the very behavior – fiendish to say the least.
In 1886 Ned acquired the Parrott Family’s “Arden” estate named in honor of Mrs. Parrott’s family. The Parrott Family was forced to sell the 7863 acre property at auction for which Harriman purchased for less than $7 an acre. Rather ironic how Ned spent one youthful summer working at the Greenwood Iron Furnace in the area owned by the Parrott family would eventually become Harriman State Park. Harriman added 20,000 acres complete with riding trails as their own private nature preserve – just a day’s ride from New York City. (In 1910, 10,000 acres of the Arden Estate along with a total of $2.5 million was gifted to The State of New York)
One of Ned’s favorite quotes regarding the meaning of cooperation: “do as I say, and do it damn quick!” Harriman became Director of Union Pacific Railroad in 1897 and within a year was Chairman of their Executive Committee.
Their first child, Mary, born in 1881 and their fourth child, William Averell Harriman (b. 1891) are prominent in this and the next blog. In and as much as the Harrimans were Republicans through and through, Mary, a very progressive liberal of the time, impressed upon her brother William Averell to embrace the progressive liberalism of a communist influenced democrat party.
Horses and Mary were never far apart. If you would imagine trail riding in your own private state, totally guarded and shielded from outside trifling life.
Her father had worked so exhaustively by 1899, the doctors advised him to take it easy, (so Ned wanted to hunt grizzly bear, in Alaska!) And of course for any normal, sane person, the next step would be to re-outfit an ocean-going vessel and fill it with scientists, photographers, marine biologists of the day, zoologists and a newspaper man or two, founders and fellows of National Geographical Society, guides and muscle. More than likely, the muscle doubled as the wait staff.
The Harriman expedition (was actually an organizational structuring – a modern event that can be equated to when Al Gore invited all of the weather and meteorologists from TV-Cable-Radio to the White House in an attempt to influence the national trend, [and only equated because of the power of the media] post haste. Harriman’s expedition set in motion moneyed Americas interests – past their death- through foundations – the Bilderbergs of the day)
William Emerson Ritter was one of the invited guests on the S.S. George W. Elder. Occasions and everyday wonderment on the voyage were Mary’s playground. The Elder dropped anchor July 11, 1899 in Siberia, Czarist Russia. After a brief stay, the ship weighed anchor and left Plover Bay, picking up some of the scientists they had dropped off on Popoff Island (Four scientists and a guide of which William Ritter was one. Later, E.W. Scripps funded Ritter. Eventually tasking him with the question “what is this damn human animal anyway?” The resulting philanthropy of Scripps empowered Ritter and they founded the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1903. Many years later, Scripps devised a public information campaign under the guise of public scientific achievements first called Science Service and later, Society for Science and the Public, a non-profit. You can see the ripples that emanated from Mary’s summer vacation) and eventually returned to Seattle on July 30, 1899; a two month trip. Dinner conversations for young Mary while on that cruise were centered around preserving the pristine, undeveloped wilderness from the ravages of mankind. While the scientists and the young children on the voyage were studying the native population at various coastal stopping points they noticed the native gene pool was small. Juxtaposed, with the rapacious members of the dwindling gold rush that wasn’t “delivering” genetic excellence (in the minds of the esteemed, storied travelers), the thoroughbreds of humanity that matched, in Mary’s mind, the thoroughbred horses of Arden. The significant impression upon Mary caused her to run to the eugenics movement for a lifetime.
A seven year old W. Averell Harriman was also one of about 100 family members aboard with the scientific survey. Five years after the young Harrimans visited Czarist Russia, the Japanese war lords, fueled by American bankers, declared war on Russia. The Japanese attacked the Russian Far East Fleet at Port Arthur, three hours before the Russian Government received the Japanese declaration of war.
Before the end of the Russo-Japanese War, Ned paid a visit to Japan; it may be speculated that he was representing American moneyed interests offering financial backing for an industrial build up. Japan, for its part, had proved that an Asian nation was more than a match for a colonial power. Sun Yat-Sen went so far as to say that “Japan’s victory, was our victory.” Asia was on a fast track of change, many great fortunes had been made at China’s expense. Japan had been very conscious of western power ever since Commodore Perry’s fleet appeared in her waters which was a provocative show of force by The United States, aimed at bringing Japan into trade agreements with the U.S.. Japan was actually more feudal than China, thinking itself, a model for, an Asian colonial power.
Harriman came home from Japan thoroughly impressed. He was impressed so much that he returned with five or six Jujitsu masters. What is remembered most is an exhibition given by these masters at Columbia U – an all male, Ivy League school which was loosely affiliated with Mary’s Barnard College in 1905. By now, Mary was a thoroughly indoctrinated eugenicist, even being named “Eugenia” by her classmates; having majored in sociology and biology, Mary had focused on America’s growing underclass, looking at it with the eye of a horse breeder.
Mary became involved with the Junior League in 1901, the debutantes made it their “cause”. Young Junior League women of New York spread throughout out the country as they organized, membership was increased. New York society rallied around their effort. Eleanore Roosevelt became a member as well. Mary sought to marry Willard Dickerman Straight, an orphan who topped international trade in Peking China. Ned absolutely refused Mary’s request to marry Mr. Straight. (Her girlfriend, from the Whitney family, whose father had been Secretary of the Navy and her mother the daughter of an Ohio Senator and sister to the treasurer of Standard Oil Company, married Mr. Straight.)
Harriman hired a design team for a home which was begun 1905. He only lived shortly past its completion. An absolute wonder of tasteful opulence, the home located near Newburgh, New York is in the U.S. National Registers of historic places and the U.S. National Historic Landmarks. During the construction phase, a sculptor, Charles Cary Rumsey, was hired to create a fountain of the three graces. He went on to marry Harriman’s oldest daughter, Mary, in 1910 shortly after the death of her father. The Harrimans were very much against Mary’s marriage to Rumsey because of his excessive drinking.
Mary managed Arden House after E.H. Harriman’s death in 1909. Mary’s brother Averell attended Groton School, then attended Yale and was made Skull and Bones (brother E. Rowland Harriman, was also Skull and Bones).
Upon graduating from Yale in 1913, Averell inherited the largest fortune in America. His wedding to Kitty Lanier Lawrence in 1915 almost didn’t happen as Miss Lawrence while riding with Averell, she was riding a horse that reared up and fell backwards nearly crushing her. Kitty was a relative to the co-founder of Winslow, Lanier & Company, a New York based investment firm founded by James Franklin Doughty Lanier. By 1880 the firm was run by Charles D. Lanier, Kitty’s grandfather, posting some of the largest financing of bond offerings for railroads. Lanier was heavily involved with Drexel Morgan and Company. Also a European banking connection is seen in all this represented by another Rothschild agent: August Belmont Sr.. So as you see, Averill married the people who financed investments for folks like his grandfather and father. (August Belmont was the chairman of the Democrat National Committee during the 1850’s.) Averell and Kitty divorced after the birth of their two children. Averill’s second marriage was to Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney’s wife who had to first divorce Whitney to marry Averill. Averell had a reputation for being a potent and pleasing lover. Averell and Marie Norton Whitney were married for 41 years until her death. Averell’s indiscretions seemed to not come into conflict with their marriage.
Averell’s children grew up at Arden House and were with horses all their lives. Averell ran his horses under the name “Arden Farms”. In 1924 he purchased as an investor consortium in August Belmont Jr.’s breeding stock.
Averell’s third marriage was to Winston Churchill’s daughter-in-law and widow of Leland Hayward (who produced “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music”) Pamela Beryl Digby Churchill Hayward. Interesting note: Pamela was close friend and roommate to Averill’s daughter Kathleen. Miss Harriman was official hostess at diplomatic functions in Moscow where her father was Ambassador during the war (WWII). Pamela was introduced to Adolph Hitler in the mid 1930’s when there was quite a Nazi movement in England. After Averell’s death and during the Clinton administration she was made Ambassador to France.
F.D.R. served Woodrow Wilson as Assistant Secretary to the Navy approximately at the same time as the first lobbyist appeared in Washington, D.C. The New Deal Coalition was not built in a day; a bringing together of unions, southerners, workers and political hooligans. The New Deal grew from a eugenics, white-sheet, covering a turd of sugar-coated socialism and Mary Harriman-Rumsey drop-kicked brother Averell into this fascist, American thought.
Mary’s influence on her mother, E.H.’s widow, sparked her interest in the eugenics movement. This is where the “Harriman money/philanthropic” effort was brought in line with the social change movement (crowd). Her mother went so far as to finance Dr. Charles Benedict Davenport with the establishment of the U.S. eugenics office in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. During WWI the government and the Carnegie Institute became involved in the eugenics office. It should be pointed out here that the Reese Committee, an investigation conducted by Norman Dodd in the 1950’s pointed to this period. When Mr. Dodd was interviewed by Edward Griffin he illuminated the foundations as anti American. The Reese Committee and its findings were essentially erased from American political history. Had it not been for Mr. Dodd and his excellent mind, many more Americans would still be in the dark.