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Will Giovanni Morosini rule Giulia from Grave?

New York, Sept. 24, 1908 — Now that wealthy banker Giovanni Morosini is dead, what will his daughter Giulia do? This is a question the smart set would like to have answered. Will the "best dressed woman in New York" continue queen of the Morosini Palace at Riverdale, among her art treasures, or will she, who for years obeyed the mandate of a stern, but loving, father and steeled her heart to suitors, capitulate, to reign queen of her husband's heart?

With the death of her father, whose constant companion she had been for years, Giulia became virtual head of the family. Her brothers are content to follow her directions. Her sister Victoria, who eloped 2 years ago with John Ernest Schilling, the Morosini coachman, has returned from the convent at Rutland, Vermont, where she has been since her divorce. The Morosini fortune will leave all of the children wealthy, but Giulia will receive far more than the others.

Mistress of millions, one of the finest whips and equestrians in the land, beautiful in all that makes woman beautiful, it is hard to believe that the will which has kept her from the altar will continue to dominate her from the grave.

As Giulia was the light of her father's life, Victoria was his despair. Her runaway marriage to Schilling almost broke the banker's heart, and he then forced Giulia to renounce all men save himself. He demanded her every spare moment, in exchange he gave her everything that money could bring to her feet.

from The Spokane Press, September 24, 1908


Giovanni P. Morosini was born in Venice, Italy, in 1832, in the stirring times which led to the formation of the Kingdom of Italy. As a boy he was an actor in some of the hazardous events of the revolution. He was an admirer and follower of Garibaldi.

Financier and banker, Morosini was born in Venice, Italy. His father was a Venetian officer. He was educated at Austrian Military and Naval College of Venice. During the revolt against Austrian supremacy in 1848, he joined the patriot forces. He fled the country and arrived in Smyra. From there, the American consul had him sent to Boston, Mass. in 1850.

Once in New York City, he worked in Garibaldi's candle factory. He then accompanied him on his voyage to China and England as a sailor. Upon his return to New York, one night along the waterfront he saved a boy being beaten by a gang of youths. The boy was the son of Nathaniel Marsch, Secretary of the Erie Railroad. Marsch gave him a job as an office boy with the Erie Company on May 25, 1855.

Morosini learned bookkeeping, and eventually was appointed General Auditor. He met Jay Gould in 1868, and sided with him during the fight for control of the company. When the Bischoffsheim party obtained control, he chose to leave his position.

Morosini became Gould's confidential secretary. He amassed a fortune worth several millions, and a vast art and coin collection. There is a Giovanni P. Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, donated by his daughter.

He was married to Giulia Chaussee, who died in 1893. He was the father of daughters Giulia and Amalia Morosini, Victoria Schelling and sons Giovanni and Attilio P., who married Mary Caroline Washington Bond, great-great grandniece of George Washington.


Woodlawn Cemetery , Bronx, New York

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Record added: Jan 08, 2013 on Find A Grave Memorial# 103294614