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Susannah May Williams (Mrs. Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte)


Oil on canvas portrait painting of "Susannah May Williams", ca. 1814, by Gilbert Stuart. Susannah was the daughter of Baltimore merchant Benjamin Williams (1767-1812) and Sarah Copeland Williams (1776-1870). On November 12, 1829, she married Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte (1805-1870), the only son of Jerome Bonaparte (1784-1860) and Elizabeth "Betsy" Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879). William Patterson (1752-1835), her husband's grandfather, gifted "Montrose Mansion" in Reisterstown, Maryland for the couple to live in. They had two sons: Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte (1830-1893) and Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851-1921). Susannah died at her home on Park Avenue in Baltimore after a long illness. She is buried in Loudon Park Cemetery.


circa 1814


Oil on canvas


21.5 x 25.5 inches

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Gift of Mrs. Clarence W. Miles, In Memory of Her Son, Thomas Addison Lanaham

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