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{{Infobox person
 
| name = Emily Ryerson
 
| birth_name = Emily Maria Borie
 
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1863|8|10}}
 
| birth_place = [[Philadelphia]], [[Pennsylvania]], U.S.
 
| death_date = {{Death date and age|1939|12|28|1863|8|10}}
 
| death_place = [[Cooperstown]], [[New York (state)|New York]], U.S.
 
| spouse = Arthur Larned Ryerson (his death)
 
| years_active =
 
| occupation =
 
}}
 
 
 
'''Emily Maria Borie Ryerson''' (August 10, 1863 &ndash; December 28, 1939, [[Philadelphia]]) was an American first-class passenger who survived the [[Sinking of the RMS Titanic|sinking]] of {{RMS|Titanic}} on April 15, 1912.
 
 
 
== Early life and family==
 
 
 
She married Arthur Larned Ryerson on January 31, 1889. They had five children: Susan "Suzette" Parker Ryerson (August 3, 1890), Arthur Larned Ryerson, Jr. (1891-1912), Emily Borie Ryerson (October 8, 1893), Ellen Ashfordbye Ryerson (1895-1973), and John Borie "Jack" Ryerson (December 16, 1898 - January 21, 1986).<ref name="CouldNot">{{cite news |last1=Whited |first1=Charled |title=Lest we forget what the last boy off the Titanic could not |url=https://search.proquest.com/news/docview/295200718/16584C6783B74961PQ/34?accountid=10226 |accessdate=28 November 2018 |agency=Hearst |publisher=Houston Chronicle |date=3 August 1986}}</ref>
 
 
 
Daugher Emily Borie Ryerson married George Hyde Clark of [[Hyde Hall]].<ref name="MarriedTrib">{{cite news |title=George Hyde Clarke and Miss Emily Ryerson, Titanic Survivor, To Be Married |url=https://search.proquest.com/news/docview/575474209/fulltextPDF/16584C6783B74961PQ/16?accountid=10226 |accessdate=28 November 2018 |publisher=[[New-York Tribune]] |date=5 September 2015}}</ref>. Teh Couple, sho lived on a large estate near [[Cooperstown]], New York, had seven children before divorcing.<ref name="RenoDivorce">{{cite news |title=MRS. EMILY CLARKE, OF CHICAGO FAMILY, ASKS RENO DIVORCE |url=https://search.proquest.com/news/docview/181322534/fulltextPDF/16584C6783B74961PQ/25?accountid=10226 |accessdate=28 November 2018 |publisher=ChicagoTribune |date=3 June 1932}}</ref>
 
 
 
== RMS ''Titanic'' ==
 
Ryerson, her husband Arthur, and three of their children, Suzette, Emily, and John, boarded the {{RMS|Titanic}} as first-class passengers in [[Cherbourg]], [[France]], after learning of the death of their son Jr., an undergraduate at [[Yale]], who had been killed in an automobile crash in the United States.  With the family were their maid, Victorine Chaudanson, and John's governess, Grace Scott Bowen.
 
 
 
On the afternoon of April 14, 1912, fellow passenger [[Marian Thayer|Marian Longstreth Thayer]] invited Ryerson for a walk. It was the first time she had been on deck in public. After nearly an hour they settled into the deck chairs outside the aft staircase of 'A' deck to watch the sunset.  [[White Star Line|White Star]] official, [[Bruce Ismay]], joined them and told them about the ice warning from the {{RMS|Baltic|1903|2}}.
 
 
 
Ryerson was awake when the ''Titanic'' hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, 11:40 pm. She woke her husband, children, the governess and the maid.
 
 
 
"[The maid's] door was locked and I had some difficulty in waking her. By this time my husband was fully dressed, and we could hear the noise of feet tramping on the deck overhead. He was quite calm and cheerful and helped me put the lifebelts on the children and on my maid. I was paralyzed with fear of not all getting on deck together in time, as there were seven of us. I would not let my younger daughter [Emily] dress, but she only put on a fur coat, as I did over her nightgown."<ref name=Ryerson-affidavit>{{cite web|title=Affidavit of Emily Ryerson|url=http://www.titanicinquiry.org/USInq/AmInq16Ryerson01.php|work=[[United States Senate inquiry into the sinking of the RMS Titanic]] : Day 16|publisher=Titanic Inquiry Project|accessdate=4 March 2014}}</ref>
 
 
 
Ryerson and her family went to 'A' deck and stood there for "fully half an hour". Ryerson, her two daughters, maid and John's governess stepped into [[Lifeboats of the RMS Titanic#Boat 4 (port)|Lifeboat 4]].  John was initially not allowed in; however, Arthur stepped forward and said, "Of course, that boy goes with his mother. He is only 13."<ref name=Ryerson-affidavit/>
 
 
 
While in the lifeboat, Ryerson witnessed the ship break in half. They were rescued by {{RMS|Carpathia}} at about 8&nbsp;am on the 15th.  Ryerson, her three children, maid, and governess survived, but her husband perished. His body, if recovered, was never identified.<ref name=otsego>{{cite news|url=http://www.jgbproperties.com/ryerson/images/Ryerson-story-on-Titanic.pdf|work=[[The Daily Star (Oneonta)]]|date= April 28, 1997|title=Otsego Man Slips Away From Family}}</ref>
 
 
 
==Later life==
 
 
 
During and after the First World War, Ryerson served in France as head of the American Fund for French Wounded and the
 
Society for Fatherless Children in France. She received the [[Croix de guerre 1914–1918 (France)|Croix de Guerre]] from the French Government, and accompanied President Hoover on his good-will tour to South America.
 
 
 
Ryerson built the Ryerson mansion at 2700 Lakeview Ave. in Lincoln Park, Chicago.<ref name="RodkinAgain">{{cite news |last1=Rodkin |first1=Dennis |title=Titanic survivor's mansion will become residential once again |url=https://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170411/CRED0701/170419982/titanic-survivor-s-mansion-will-become-residential-once-again |accessdate=28 November 2018 |publisher=Crain's Chicago Business |date=11 April 2017}}</ref>
 
 
 
In the 1920s while traveling through China, Ryerson met William Forsythe Sherfesee, who was the Forestry Advisor to the Chinese Government and later was appointed Advisor to the Ministry of Finance.  He was also a graduate of [[Yale University]] and was 18 years her junior.  Forsythe was the son of Heinrich "Louis" Sherfesee and Annie Griffith Sherfesee. 
 
 
 
The accounts of Forsythe trying to get from Peking to Chicago in the early weeks of December 1927 made the newspapers worldwide.  In the attempt to get him to Chicago during a blizzard, he traveled by boat, train, then finally by private plane, which Ryerson had sent to bring him to Chicago.  He did not arrive on time, and they held the wedding December 9, 1927.  They went to Italy and Persia for their [[honeymoon]].  They traveled throughout their marriage, and settled in [[Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat|Saint- Jean-Cap-Ferrat]] on the French Riviera where they built Villa Bontoc.  Their next door neighbor was the noted author and playwright, [[Somerset Maugham]].<ref name="AtStPaul">{{cite news |title=BRIDEGROOM-TO-BE SIX HOURS LATE DESPITE AIRPLANE FLIGHT: Steel Maker's Wealthy Widow, Prospective Bride, Charters Craft to Fly From Chicago to Get Fiance, Arriving From China, at St Paul |url=https://search.proquest.com/news/docview/251049636/fulltextPDF/16584C6783B74961PQ/21?accountid=10226 |accessdate=28 November 2018 |publisher=Boston Daily Globe |date=10 December 1927}}</ref>
 
 
 
In December 1939 while in Hawaii, Ryerson fell and broke her hip but insisted on continuing the trip.  In Uruguay she suffered a fatal heart attack and died on December 28, 1939. She was buried in Lakewood Cemetery in [[Cooperstown, New York]].<ref name=otsego/>
 
 
 
==References==
 
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{{RMS Titanic}}
 
 
 
[[Category:1863 births]]
 
[[Category:1939 deaths]]
 
[[Category:People from Philadelphia]]
 
[[Category:RMS Titanic survivors]]
 
[[Category:Burials in New York (state)]]
 
[[Category:Female recipients of the Croix de Guerre (France)]]
 
[[Category:Recipients of the Croix de Guerre 1914–1918 (France)]]
 

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