Vanderbilt-Dresser – Marriage License





In the year one thousand eight hundred ninety eight, the first of June, at three o’clock in the afternoon, the marriage of George Washington Vanderbilt, born on Staten Island, State of New York, United States of America, on the fourteenth of November, one thousand eight hundred sixty two, rentier [gentleman of independent means], one of the parties; And of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, born in New York, the seventeenth of January one thousand eight hundred seventy three, no profession, residing in Paris at 15, rue Vernet, oldest daughter of George Warren Dresser and of Susan Fish Le Roy, both deceased, the other of the parties. Stood before us, Adrien Lenglier, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, officer of public instruction, assistant to the mayor, officer of the Civil service of the eighth arrondissement of Paris, who has publicly performed in the Town Hall a celebration of marriage in the following manner: After having recited these documents: 1) certificates delivered the ninth of May by Oliver Eaton Prodington, solicitor of the Federal Court of the United States, presenting the birth certificates of the future spouses; 2) matrimonial certificates delivered on the same date by the above-mentioned solicitor, absolving the future spouses of having to supply proof of the death of their parents and of the publication of banns of marriage in New York; 3) the banns of marriage published in this Town Hall and those in the first arrondissement of Paris, on the Sundays of the fifteenth and twenty-second of May, uncontested, all of these documents duly notarized; 4) from Chapter VI of Book 1 of the Civil Code (subsection on marriage) on the respective rights and obligations of the spouses. After having spoken with the future spouses, who declared that they have not entered into a marriage contract, we asked them if they wished to be joined as husband and wife, and each having responded aloud, affirmatively and separately, we, in the name of the Law, declared that George Washington Vanderbilt and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser are united in matrimony in the presence of Cornelius Vanderbilt, without profession, forty four years old, of New York, brother of the husband; Hamilton McKown Twombly, businessman, forty eight years old, of New York, brother in law of the husband; Daniel Le Roy-Dresser, without professional, thirty one years old, brother of the wife; and John Nicholas Brown, without profession, thirty seven years old, of Providence, United States of America, brother-in-law of the wife, witnesses who after reading this signed it in the presence of the spouses and ourselves.

EdithStuyvesantVanderbilt née Dresser [Edith customarily signed her name as one continuous word without spaces.]

George Washington Vanderbilt

C. Vanderbilt

H. McK Twombly

D. LeRoy Dresser

John Nicholas Brown                          A. Lenglier

15, rue Vernet, Paris (near the Arc de Triomph)
Edith Dresser lived in this building at the time of her marriage to George Vanderbilt.