Eliza Jumel (née Bowen; April 2, 1775 – July 16, 1865), also known as Eliza Burr, was a wealthy American socialite. She was married to Aaron Burr and their divorce was finalized on the day of his death. Although she was born into poverty, an advantageous marriage to a wealthy merchant made her one of the richest women in New York at the time of her death.
In 1921, the Daughters of the American Revolution held an auction to rid the oldest house in Manhattan of any trace of its former inhabitant, Eliza Bowen Jumel, once the richest woman in...
Madame Eliza Jumel was one of the more colorful characters in Saratoga's vibrant history. Born at the dawn of the Revolution in 1775, Eliza Jumel (formerly Betsy Bowen) spent much of her youth as an indentured servant in Providence, Rhode Island. She lived in a brothel with her mother until the age of seven, was sent to live in a workhouse twice, and by the time she was twenty-three, Eliza had lost both of her parents and older brother.
Jumel, Eliza Bowen (1775–1865) Infamous American beauty and second wife of former vice-president Aaron Burr. Name variations: Betsy Bowen; Eliza Brown. Born in 1775 in Providence, Rhode Island; died on July 16, 1865; daughter of John Bowen and Phebe Kelley; married Stephen Jumel, on April 9, 1804 (died 1832); married former vice-president Aaron Burr, on July 1, 1833 (divorced 1836); children: (illegitimate) George Washington Bowen (b.
Eliza Jumel. In 1865, Eliza Jumel died at 90 years old. By this time she was a well known eccentric from New York who had demonstrated her ability as a prudent businesswoman and an important art collector. Unfortunately, due to a combination of malicious rumor spread by her enemies and tall tales she told about herself, Jumel’s early life is difficult to track.
Born two weeks prior to the start of the American Revolution, Eliza Jumel died two months after the conclusion of America’s Civil War. Her remarkably long life of 90 years was echoed by the long...
Throughout her adult life, Eliza Jumel lived richly and luxuriously. Eliza, who had come from poor beginnings, was known for being a woman who sought out a higher social position for herself as well as a life that encompassed having large amounts of wealth. Thus, she was always seen around men of power and fortune.
Eliza Jumel. Artist or maker. Edouart, Auguste. Date. 1843. Culture. French. Medium. Ink on paper.
Eliza Jumel is a ghost in her own right at the Morris-Jumel Mansion at 65 Jumel Terrace in Washington Heights. Built in 1765 as a summer home for British colonel Roger Morris and his wife, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest remaining house in Manhattan. It served as George Washington’s headquarters in September and October 1776 during the American Revolutionary War.
She might have scored first in the 1790s, as a New York actress known for her wit, beauty and influential friends. And then again in 1810, as half of a wealthy power couple just moving into the ...