Professors & Pints: American Women & Titled Marriages – NJ’s “Dollar Princesses”
April 28, 2021 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT
The 2018 wedding between British Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle captured the hearts and minds of people around the world, but did you know marriages between American women and European nobles have been a popular, and controversial, trend since the Gilded Age?
During the tail end of the 19th century, wealthy American heiresses married impoverished European nobles by the score, securing social status for their “new money” American families, while allowing impoverished nobility from across the Atlantic to maintain the lifestyles their families had been accustomed for generations.
Join us as we discuss the so-called “dollar princesses” of the Gilded Age, including a few notable Jersey girls; Lady Monson (nee Romaine Stone, daughter of General Roy Stone of Morristown NJ), Lady Roberts (nee Elizabeth Marie LaRoche, daughter of William Tell LaRoche of Harrington Park, NJ), Princess Miguel de Braganza (nee Anita Stewart, born in Elberon, NJ), and more with Professor Melissa Ziobro of Monmouth University!