"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
Next event
Featured Promotion

Learn more about items related to commencement exercises in the VHS collections.

Van de Vyver Institute Diploma
VHS Pres. Levengood accepted $3,000 grant award from Kiwanis Club of Richmond to support Youth Education Fund. #rva t.co/paFKQWgW3O

Timeline

Timeline of the Weddells and Important Events

1874

  • Virginia Atkinson Chase was born in Edina, Missouri.

1876

  • Alexander Wilbourne Weddell was born in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.
  • United States celebrates centennial

1894

  • Virginia (Bertie) Chase graduates from Miss Brown's School for Girls in New York and tours Europe.

1898

  • Spanish-American War

1900

  • Virginia Chase marries James Harrison Steedman in St. Louis, Missouri.

1901

  • William McKinley assassinated, Theodore Roosevelt becomes president.

1903

  • Wright Brothers fly the first airplane.

1904

  • Alexander Weddell attends George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and clerks at Library of Congress.
  • Olympic Games held in the United States for the first time.
  • Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Panama Canal legally transferred to the United States.

1907

  • Alexander Weddell appointed private secretary to minister to Denmark.

1909

  • Alexander Weddell passes the foreign service exam.

1910

  • Alexander Weddell is named the U.S. consul to Zanzibar.

1912

  • Alexander Weddell is commissioned U.S. consul to Catania, Italy.
  • Woodrow Wilson elected President.

1913

  • 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution established income tax.

1914

  • Alexander Weddell commissioned U.S. consul-general to Athens, Greece.
  • World War I begins after Archduke Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated.
  • Panama Canal opens.

1916

  • Woodrow Wilson is reelected president.

1917

  • Alexander Weddell is appointed diplomatic attache to Cairo, Egypt.
  • United States enters World War I.
  • J. Harrison Steedman is called to active service as a naval engineer.

1918

  • World War I ends.

1919

  • Prohibition begins.
  • The League of Nations is established.

1920

  • Alexander Weddell is commissioned U.S. consul-general to Calcutta, India.
  • 19th Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote.
  • First successful commercial radio broadcast.

1921

  • James Harrison Steedman dies leaving a substantial fortune to his widow, Virginia Steedman.
  • Virginia Steedman makes a large donation to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

1922

  • Virginia Steedman departs on a world tour with Mr. and Mrs. William Cocke.
  • Russian White Cross honors Virginia Steedman for her large donation for refugee relief in Istanbul.

1923

  • Alexander Weddell meets Virginia Steedman in Calcutta; they marry after a four-month courtship.

1924

  • Alexander Weddell is appointed U.S. consul-general to Mexico City.

1925

  • Virginia and Alexander Weddell purchase Warwick Priory in England and ship the stones to Richmond.

1926

  • First successful television transmission.

1927

  • Lindbergh makes historic trans-Atlantic flight.

1928

  • Virginia House is completed.
  • Virginia and Alexander Weddell settle in Richmond after his resignation from the foreign service.

1929

  • Virginia House is deeded to Virginia Historical Society.
  • Stock market crashes, and the Great Depression begins.

1932

  • Virginia Weddell is delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago; Roosevelt nominated.
  • Virginia Weddell organizes state and local chapters of the Woman's Organization for National Prohibition Reform.

1933

  • Alexander Weddell is appointed U.S. ambassador to Argentina.
  • 21st Amendment repeals Prohibition.

1935

  • Alexander Weddell chairs American delegation to the Pan American Commercial Conference.
  • Alexander Weddell serves as American representative at Chaco Peace Conference.

1937

  • Virginia Weddell presented at the Court of St. James in London.

1939

  • Spanish Civil War ends.
  • Alexander Weddell named U.S. ambassador to Spain.
  • Virginia Weddell established Fondo de Socorro Español de Mrs. Weddell (Mrs. Weddell's Spanish Relief Fund).
  • World War II begins when Germany invades Poland.

1940

  • Virginia Weddell presented with Medal of Honor of the Red Cross in Madrid for her humanitarian efforts.

1942

  • Alexander Weddell retires from the foreign service.

1943

  • Alexander Weddell named president of the Virginia Historical Society.

1945

  • United nations founded.
  • Atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
  • Franklin Roosevelt dies and Harry Truman becomes president.
  • World War II ends.

1948

  • Virginia and Alexander Weddell die in a train accident in Otterville, Missouri, on New Year's Day.

You might also be interested in