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Edith Corse Evans (born September 21, 1875 - April 15, 1912) was a prominent American socialite who died aboard the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. She was one of only four women to die in first class.

Early life

Edith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a wealthy family. She was the second daughter of solicitor Cadwalader Evans and his wife, woman's rights activist Angeline Burr Corse. [1] She had a sister, Lena Cadwalader Evans, who was a renowned painter.

A long-time resident of New York, unmarried Edith was a member of The Colonial Dames of America and a descendant of Andrew Hamilton. She had great interest in genealogical studies.


On the evening of April 10, 1912 Edith boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg to return home from a visit to her cousins in Paris. Along the way, she met her aunt by marriage, Malvina Cornell, and her sisters who where returning from a funeral in London. On April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit a giant piece of ice. The captain wanted everyone to stay calm, but when they saw the water leaking in the boat, everyone panicked. The captain called for the women and children to go first and if there was more space in the boat, a man could come too, but the crew wanted for only the women and children to go first and then the men would go if there were any boats left. When the lifeboats were first lowered, Edith and Caroline Brown missed the opportunity to get to one in time. An Additional was prepared to set off at 2:09 am, which they reached. It has commonly been reported that there wasn't enough room for both of them in it so Edith persuaded Caroline to get in because Caroline had children, even though she repeatedly refused. Notwithstanding Walter Lord stated in his 1955 book A Night to Remember that it was hurriedly lowered before Edith could get in. Additionally Collapsible Boat D, the last functioning one, wasn't filled to capacity when lowered and had 30 people aboard when it was designed to accommodate 50. It isn't understood whether or not Edith intentionally stepped aside before it was lowered.

Edith went down with the ship.

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