Edward V. Hartford
American businessman
Edward V. Hartford
Edward Vassallo Hartford was the Founder and President of the Hartford Suspension Company who perfected the automobile shock absorber. The middle son of A&P owner George Huntington Hartford and Marie Josephine Ludium, Edward was the only son not involved in day-to-day operations of the food chain.
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  • 1922
    Age 51
    Died in 1922.
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  • 1920
    Age 49
    In 1920, he received a patent for a "scientific putter".
    More Details Hide Details A Christian Scientist, he refused to see a doctor and died at age 51. Now a wealthy widow, Henrietta moved with her children to Newport, Rhode Island where she ultimately purchased Seaverage, next to the Rough Point mansion owned by Doris Duke. In 1937, she married Italian Prince, Guido Pignatelli (1900–1967), who was only two years older than her daughter. In addition to Newport, the couple lived at "Waldo Plantation", her mansion in South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Melody Farm in Wyckoff, New Jersey where she died in 1948. Edward and Henrietta's granddaughter, Nuala O'Donnell, married Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island.
  • 1910
    Age 39
    In 1910, he received a patent for an electric starter and the next year for an electric brake.
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  • 1904
    Age 33
    In 1904, he established the Hartford Suspension Company and located the firm on Hudson Street in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details That year, a car built by Richard-Brasier equipped with Truffault-Hartford shock absorbers won the Gordon Bennett Cup (auto racing) in Germany, helping to establish a reputation for the new device. In 1908, the factory was moved to Jersey City, New Jersey next to the A&P headquarters. Edward continued to develop new features for automobiles.
  • 1901
    Age 30
    In 1901, Hartford married Henrietta Guerard Pollitzer (1881–1948), a socialite whose mother was descendant from an old Charleston, South Carolina family.
    More Details Hide Details Edward and Henrietta lived on Park Avenue where they were prominent in New York society. They had two children: Marie Josephine Hartford (1902–1992) and Huntington Hartford (1911–2008). After Edward's company moved to Jersey City, the family moved to Deal, New Jersey, a wealthy community on the shore. Edward was an exceptional violinist and active in sports including golf, ice skating and yachting.
  • 1870
    Born in 1870.
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