Robert Williams Daniel - Titanic First Class Passenger
Mr Robert Williams Daniel was a first class passenger travelling home to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a European business trip. Travelling alone, he boarded Titanic at Southampton on 10th April 1912.
He was born in Richmond, Virginia, United States on 11th September 1884. His parents were James and Hallie Daniel. By 1912, his career had been successful and he was living in and working as a banker in Philadelphia.
It is commonly said that he was staying at the Carlton Hotel in London while he was in Europe when it caught fire, and he rescued a friend from the fire. The Carlton Hotel in London did suffer a major fire on 9th August 1911.
Robert Williams Daniel survived the Titanic disaster.
On 18th August 1914 he married fellow Titanic survivor Mary Eloise Smith; they divorced in 1923.
He then soon after married Margery Durant and they had a daughter also called Margery. His marriage to Margery Durant eventually, in 1928, ended in divorce.
In 1929, he again re-married, this time to Charlotte Bemiss – and they had a son, also called Robert Williams Daniel, born in March 1936.
Titanic survivor Robert Williams Daniel died on 20 December 1940, caused by Cirrhosis of the liver. He was laid to rest in his family’s mausoleum at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.