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Pilgrims Society

ORGANIZATION

Ostensibly a dinner club, the Pilgrims Society consists of two chapters. The London chapter of the Pilgrims Society was established on July 11, 1902, followed by the New York chapter on January 13, 1903. Its purpose is to foster better Anglo-American relationships through cooperation of top banking and manufacturing institutions.

The London society is responsible for a hosting a dinner welcoming the new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the New York chapter hosts a reciprocal event. Curiously, most of these ambassadors have already been members for some time.

"...the existence of this Wall Street Anglo-American axis is quite obvious once it is pointed out. It is reflected by the fact that such Wall Street luminaries such as John W. Davis, Lewis W. Douglas, John Hay Whitney [...] were appointed to be American ambassadors in London." -- Harvard professor Carroll Quigley

Founding Date:
11-Jul-1902

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Dean Acheson
Government
11-Apr-1893 12-Oct-1971 US Secretary of State, 1949-53
Lord Acton
Historian
10-Jan-1834 19-Jun-1902 British historian
Charles Francis Adams IV
Business
2-May-1910 5-Jan-1999 Former president of Raytheon
Nelson W. Aldrich
Politician
6-Nov-1841 16-Apr-1915 US Senator from Rhode Island, 1881-1911
Winthrop W. Aldrich
Business
2-Nov-1885 25-Feb-1974 Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, 1934-53
Prince Andrew
Royalty
19-Feb-1960   The Duke of York
Princess Anne
Royalty
15-Aug-1950   The Horsey Princess Royal
Walter Annenberg
Business
13-Mar-1908 1-Oct-2002 Media mogul, created TV Guide
Anne L. Armstrong
Government
27-Dec-1927 30-Jul-2008 US Ambassador to the UK, 1976-77
William Waldorf Astor
Publisher
31-Mar-1848 18-Oct-1919 The Observer
Clement Attlee
Head of State
3-Jan-1883 8-Oct-1967 UK Prime Minister, 1945-51
George F. Baker
Business
27-Mar-1840 2-May-1931 "None of the public's business"
James Baker
Government
28-Apr-1930   US Secretary of State, 1989-92
Leonard Bernstein
Conductor
25-Aug-1918 14-Oct-1990 Conductor, New York Philharmonic
Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr.
Diplomat
17-Dec-1897 13-Nov-1961 Ambassador to governments in exile
Francis Biddle
Government
9-May-1886 4-Oct-1968 US Attorney General, 1941-45
Robert Worth Bingham
Business
8-Nov-1871 18-Dec-1937 Publisher of The Louisville Courier-Journal
Richard A. Boucher
Diplomat
c. 1951   Asst. Secretary of State for South Asia
Harry Brittain
Journalist
24-Dec-1873 9-Jul-1974 Co-Founder of the Pilgrims Society
David K. E. Bruce
Diplomat
12-Feb-1898 5-Dec-1977 US Ambassador to England, France, Germany
Warren Burger
Judge
17-Sep-1907 25-Jun-1995 US Chief Justice, 1969-86
Nicholas Murray Butler
Educator
2-Apr-1862 7-Dec-1947 President of Columbia University, 1901-45
Peter Carington
Government
6-Jun-1919   UK Foreign Secretary, 1979-82
Andrew Carnegie
Business
25-Nov-1835 11-Aug-1919 Robber baron turned philanthropist
Henry Catto
Government
6-Dec-1930   US Ambassador to the UK, 1989-91
Robert Cecil
Politician
14-Sep-1864 24-Nov-1958 Diplomat, Nobel Prize recipient
Neville Chamberlain
Politician
18-Mar-1869 9-Nov-1940 Architect of appeasement
Prince Charles
Royalty
14-Nov-1948   Heir to the throne of Britain
Joseph Choate
Attorney
24-Jan-1832 14-May-1917 Attorney, ambassador
Warren Christopher
Government
27-Oct-1925 18-Mar-2011 US Secretary of State, 1993-97
Walter P. Chrysler
Business
2-Apr-1875 18-Aug-1940 Founder of Chrysler Corporation
Winston Churchill
Head of State
30-Nov-1874 24-Jan-1965 WWII Prime Minister of England
William J. Crowe, Jr.
Government
2-Jan-1925 18-Oct-2007 US Navy Admiral
George Nathaniel Curzon
Government
11-Jan-1859 20-Mar-1925 Created the Kingdom of Jordan
John W. Davis
Attorney
13-Apr-1873 24-Mar-1955 US Solicitor General, 1913-18
Charles G. Dawes
Politician
27-Aug-1865 23-Apr-1951 US Vice President, 1925-29
Chauncey Depew
Politician
23-Apr-1834 5-Apr-1928 Co-Founder of the Pilgrims Society
C. Douglas Dillon
Government
21-Aug-1909 10-Jan-2003 US Treasury Secretary, 1961-65
Lewis W. Douglas
Politician
2-Jul-1894 7-Mar-1974 US Ambassador to the UK, 1947-50
Orvil Dryfoos
Publisher
8-Nov-1912 26-May-1963 New York Times Publisher, 1961-63
James Buchanan Duke
Business
23-Dec-1856 10-Oct-1925 American Tobacco Company
Allen W. Dulles
Spy
7-Apr-1893 29-Jan-1969 CIA Director, 1953-61
John Foster Dulles
Government
25-Feb-1888 24-May-1959 Eisenhower's Secretary of State
Prince Edward
Royalty
10-Mar-1964   The Earl of Wessex
Queen Elizabeth II
Royalty
21-Apr-1926   Queen of England
William S. Farish
Business
17-Mar-1939   W.S. Farish & Co.
Marshall Field
Business
18-Aug-1834 16-Jan-1906 Founder of Marshall Field's
Malcolm Forbes
Business
19-Aug-1919 24-Feb-1990 Forbes publisher, Faberge collector
Steve Forbes
Business
18-Jul-1947   Owner and publisher of Forbes magazine
W. Averell Harriman
Diplomat
15-Nov-1891 26-Jul-1986 Ambassador to USSR, Governor of NY
Richard C. Holbrooke
Diplomat
24-Apr-1941 13-Dec-2010 US Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Lord Inge
Military
5-Aug-1935   British Field Marshal
Otto Kahn
Business
21-Feb-1867 29-Mar-1934 Banker with Kuhn, Loeb & Co.
Frank B. Kellogg
Government
22-Dec-1856 21-Dec-1937 US Secretary of State, 1925-29
Joseph P. Kennedy
Business
6-Sep-1888 18-Nov-1969 Smuggler and patriarch of the Kennedy clan
Henry Kissinger
Government
27-May-1923   US Secretary of State, 1973-77
Horatio Herbert Kitchener
Military
24-Jun-1850 5-Jun-1916 Field Marshal, Secretary of State for War
Philip Lader
Government
1946   US Ambassador to the UK, 1997-2001
Thomas W. Lamont
Business
30-Sep-1870 2-Feb-1948 Banker and diplomat
Henry Luce III
Publisher
28-Apr-1925 7-Sep-2005 Former Time magazine publisher
Henry R. Luce
Business
3-Apr-1898 28-Feb-1967 Founded Time Magazine
John Macomber
Business
13-Jan-1928   JDM Investment Group
George C. Marshall
Military
31-Dec-1880 16-Oct-1959 US Army Chief of Staff, 1939-45
Andrew W. Mellon
Business
24-Mar-1855 27-Aug-1937 US Secretary of the Treasury, 1921-32
Paul Mellon
Philanthropist
11-Jun-1907 1-Feb-1999 Yale Center for British Art benefactor
Henry S. Morgan
Business
24-Oct-1900 8-Feb-1982 Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley
J. Pierpont Morgan
Business
17-Apr-1837 31-Mar-1913 Railroad financier, J. P. Morgan & Co.
Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
Government
11-May-1891 6-Feb-1967 US Secretary of the Treasury, 1934-45
Levi P. Morton
Politician
16-May-1824 16-May-1920 Vice President under Benjamin Harrison
Lord Mountbatten
Military
25-Jun-1900 27-Aug-1979 Last Viceroy of India
Sandra Day O'Connor
Judge
26-Mar-1930   US Supreme Court Justice, 1981-2006
Peter G. Peterson
Business
5-Jun-1926   Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
Prince Philip
Royalty
10-Jun-1921   Duke of Edinburgh
William Rehnquist
Judge
1-Oct-1924 3-Sep-2005 US Chief Justice, 1986-2005
Lord Robertson
Politician
12-Apr-1946   NATO Secretary General, 1999-2003
David Rockefeller
Business
12-Jun-1915   Founder of the Trilateral Commission
John D. Rockefeller
Business
8-Jul-1839 23-May-1937 Founder of Standard Oil
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Business
29-Jan-1874 11-May-1960 Built Rockefeller Center
Nelson Rockefeller
Politician
8-Jul-1908 26-Jan-1979 Ford's Vice President
Elihu Root
Government
15-Feb-1845 7-Feb-1937 Senator, Secretary of War, State
Edmund de Rothschild
Business
2-Jan-1916 17-Jan-2009 British banker
Dean Rusk
Government
9-Feb-1909 21-Dec-1994 US Secretary of State, 1961-69
David Sarnoff
Business
27-Feb-1891 12-Dec-1971 CEO of RCA, founder of NBC
Jacob Schiff
Business
10-Jan-1847 25-Sep-1920 New York banker
Charles M. Schwab
Business
18-Feb-1862 19-Sep-1939 Founder of Bethlehem Steel
Raymond Seitz
Diplomat
8-Dec-1940   US Ambassador to the UK, 1991-94
George Shultz
Government
13-Dec-1920   US Secretary of State, 1982-89
James Speyer
Business
22-Jul-1861 31-Oct-1941 New York Banker
Henry L. Stimson
Government
21-Sep-1867 20-Oct-1950 US Secretary of War 1911-13, 1940-45
Peter Sutherland
Government
25-Apr-1946   First Director General of the WTO
Margaret Thatcher
Head of State
13-Oct-1925   UK Prime Minister, 1979-90
John Tower
Politician
25-Sep-1925 5-Apr-1991 US Senator from Texas, 1961-85
Robert H. Tuttle
Diplomat
4-Aug-1943   US Ambassador to the UK, 2005-09
Cyrus Vance
Government
27-Mar-1917 12-Jan-2002 US Secretary of State, 1977-80
Paul Volcker
Economist
5-Sep-1927   Chairman of the Federal Reserve, 1979-87
Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
Business
14-Jan-1914 31-Dec-1993 CEO of IBM, 1956-71
John C. Whitehead
Business
2-Apr-1922   US Deputy Secretary of State, 1985-89
John Hay Whitney
Business
17-Aug-1904 8-Feb-1982 New York Herald Tribune


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