Elmhirst, Dorothy Whitney Straight, 1887-1968.

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Philanthropist, educator, publisher, patron of the arts and social activist.

Dorothy Payne Whitney, daughter of William C. Whitney, a financier and Secretary of the Navy under President Grover Cleveland, married Willard Dickerman Straight in 19ll. Straight died in 1918, and she married Leonard Knight Elmhirst in 1925. Dorothy and Elmhirst purchased Dartington Hall, Devon, England, reconstructed the 14th century manor and founded a school on the property. Dartington Hall became a center for the arts and a leading coeducational progressive school. The New School for Social Research in New York was begun with the backing of the Whitney Estate in 1919. Dorothy was involved with the New York State Food Commission, the Women's Liberty Loan Committee, the Social Unit Plan, the Junior League, the War Camp Service Committee, the Women's Emergency Committee of the European Relief Council, the New School for Social Research, the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children, the Pueblos Defense Committee, and the Mayor's Committee of Women on National Defense. She supported individual students at Bordentown Military Academy and Hobart College, and helped to found THE NEW REPUBLIC.

From the description of Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers from Dartington Hall, 1890-1976, 1920-1958 (bulk). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64071632

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associatedWith Betten, Beatrice Argetsinger. person
associatedWith Betten, Beatrice Argetsinger. person
associatedWith Browne, Ellen Van Volkenberg. person
associatedWith Cornell University corporateBody
associatedWith Croly, Louise E. person
associatedWith Dartington Hall corporateBody
associatedWith Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Elmhirst, L. K. (Leonard Knight), 1893-1974. person
associatedWith Green, Nancy. person
associatedWith Hammond, Susan Sedgwick. person
associatedWith Harrison, Gilbert. person
associatedWith Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971. person
associatedWith Isherwood, Helen. person
associatedWith Isherwood, Margaret. person
associatedWith Morgan, Ruth. person
associatedWith Sharman, Eloise Elmhirst. person
associatedWith Stettner, E.A. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Social reformers
World War, 1914-1918
Women social reformers


Birth 1887

Death 1968

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