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Ellen French Fitz Simons

Ellen French Fitz Simons, American social leader. awarded Victory medal of Soc. member Republican National Executive Committee 1936-1944.


  • Simons, Ellen French Fitz was born on June 15, 1881 in New York, New York, United States. Daughter of Francis Ormond and Ellen (Tuck) French.

  • Education

    • Educated private tutors in England, France and Germany.


    • 1 son, William H. (governor of Rhode Island, 1938-1940). Married second, Paul Fitz-Simons, lieutenant commander, United States Navy, 1919. Rhode Island member Republican National Committee, 1930-1944.

      Member Republican National Executive Committee 1936-1944. Elected eastern vice chairman Republican National Committee, 1940-1944. Organized Newport County (Rhode Island) Chapter American Red Cross, 1916, and vice chairman, 1916-1919.

      Awarded Victory medal of Society of Social Sciences for war work, 1919. President Newport County Women’s Republican Club. 1926-1937. Home: “Harbourview,” Newport, R.I.


    Member Republican National Executive Committee 1936-1944.


    • Married Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, 1901.; married second, Paul Fitz-Simons, Lieutenant.
    • father: Francis Ormond French
    • mother: Ellen (Tuck) French
    • spouses: Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
    • Paul Fitz-Simons
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    Born June 15, 1881
    Died February 26, 1948
    (aged 66)