MANNERS & MORALS: The Heiress

MANNERS & MORALS

When she was growing up in the gaslit, rococo elegance of post-bellum New York, Mary Bullock Powers seemed an extremely lucky child. She was not only healthy and pretty, but certain to be rich. Her father was brother, partner and heir of Hollis Lyman Powers, a millionaire friend of Vanderbilts and Goulds, and director of the storied Grand Central Hotel. Mary lived in a Fifth Avenue mansion, rode behind gleaming carriage horses and had lovely clothes.

But all that was simply window dressing. Mary was an unwanted child of an...

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