Children of Thomas Edgar Stillman, Esquire
and Charlotte Elizabeth Greenman

daughter of Thomas Stillman Greenman and Charlotte Rogers

From The Stanford Gang
The Stillman Dynasty
Thomas Edgar Stillman, Esquire

Thomas Edgar Stillman, Esquire, (1837-1906), of the law firm of Butler, Stillman & Hubbard, was the son of J.D.B.[Stillman]'s brother, Alfred [Stillman]. "One of the more notable commercial transactions that involved the firm was the founding of the Central Trust Company [the firm of Anthony N. Brady's financial mentor -cast]. In 1873 the directors of the New York Guaranty and Indemnity Company, in the business of lending money against collateral security, wanted to expand into other lines of business, but were prohibited from doing so by their restrictive charter. Until 1887, when New York finally passed a general incorporation law, every corporation had to come before the legislature and argue for the specific provisions they wanted in their charter, a time-consuming and expensive procedure that usually involved a great amount of political dealing with legislators. To avoid this morass, [William Allen] Butler searched for an inactive company that had a broader charter than the New York Guaranty and Indemnity Company. In 1875, Butler and ten other individuals purchased the charter of the inactive Central Trust Company for $10,000. This new company was recapitalized at $1,000,000, with most of the money being advanced by the New York Guaranty and Indemnity Company, which acquired the charter of the old company. The Central Trust Company was one of the largest clients of the Butler firm. In 1887, to facilitate daily contacts with the Central Trust Company, the firm moved to offices at 54 Wall Street, in the same building as the Company...." In 1888, Stillman and Hubbard were hired to manage the holdings of Mark Hopkins's widow, which became their full-time task, although they technically remained partners until 1896. (History of Thacher Proffitt.)

Thomas E. Stillman was a trustee of the Franklin Trust Company in 1898, along with Edwin Packard, president of the New York Guaranty & Indemnity Co; and Crowell Hadden, the grandfather of Time magazine co-founder Briton Hadden. In 1906, Wilhelmus Minderse and Edward S. Harkness were also on the board. (Display Ads. New York Times, Jan. 10, 1898 p. WFRQS8 and July 11, 1906 p. 10.)

Thomas E. Stillman's daughter, Mary Emma, married Edward Stephen Harkness (1874-1940), Standard Oil heir and son of the founder of the Commonwealth Fund. (Foundation History. The Commonwealth Fund.) Malcolm P. Aldrich, Skull & Bones, 1922, was vice president of the fund; Dean Sage, S&B 1897, of the law firm of Sage, Gray, Todd & Simms, witnessed the Jan. 13, 1938 will; and Philip W. Bunnell, S&B 1927, who was an usher at the wedding of Charles L. Stillman, was one of seven employees who received $50,000 bequests. Half of the estate went to the fund; one quarter of the rest to the Presbyterian Hospital; and the rest was divided between ten institutions, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University; and Harvard and Yale Universities. (Harkness Estate Left To Public; 78 Employes to Get $1,250,000. New York Times, Feb. 7, 1940.)


Jessie Stillman
Born: 21 Oct 1869
Place: Brooklyn, NY
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Born: 13 Jun 1862
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Date Married: 26 Jan 1892

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Helen Elizabeth Stillman
Born: 21 Oct 1869
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Born: 10 Sep 1875
Place: of Brooklyn, NY
Died: 3 Oct 1893
Place: Brooklyn, NY
Date Married: 1 Dec 1891
Married:2) Doctor William Armstrong
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Mary Emma Stillman
Born: 8 Jul 1874
Place: Brooklyn, NY
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Married: Edward Stephen Harkness
Born: 22 Jan 1874
Place: New York, NY
Died: 1940
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Date Married: 15 Jun 1904

Edward Stephan Harkness established the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York


Charlotte Rogers Stillman
Born: 24 Jun 1878
Place: New York, NY
Died: 12 Dec 1954
Place: New York, NY
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