James H. R. Cromwell

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James Henry Roberts Cromwell (June 4, 1896 – March 19, 1990) was an American diplomat, candidate for the United States Senate, author, and one-time husband of Doris Duke, "the richest girl in the world".


He was born in Manhattan on June 4, 1896 to Eva Roberts and Oliver Eaton Cromwell. Cromwell’s sister Louise Cromwell Brooks was the first wife of Douglas MacArthur and the third wife of Lionel Atwill. After the death of her husband, Eva Cromwell married Edward T. Stotesbury in 1912 and moved to Philadelphia where Cromwell grew up.

Cromwell's first wife was automotive company heiress Delphine Dodge, the only daughter of Horace Dodge of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, one of the two co-founders of the Dodge Motor Company. Cromwell and Delphine were the parents of one daughter, Christine Cromwell, born in 1922. They were divorced in 1928.

In 1935, Cromwell married the 22 year-old Doris Duke. It was a "marriage from hell". Politically, both Cromwell and Duke were supporters of Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal. He published books to present his economic ideas and advocated a tighter control of the Federal Reserve. he was the United States Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Canada. He resigned to run for Senator of New Jersey in the 1940 elections, where he was...
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