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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.


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.

Francis Ormond French

Ellen (Tuck) French

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

Paul Fitz-Simons