1861 to 1876
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Timeline of the Weddells and Important Events
- Virginia Atkinson Chase was born in Edina, Missouri.
- Alexander Wilbourne Weddell was born in Richmond, Virginia.
- Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.
- United States celebrates centennial
- Virginia (Bertie) Chase graduates from Miss Brown's School for Girls in New York and tours Europe.
- Spanish-American War
- Virginia Chase marries James Harrison Steedman in St. Louis, Missouri.
- William McKinley assassinated, Theodore Roosevelt becomes president.
- Wright Brothers fly the first airplane.
- 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.
- Alexander Weddell appointed private secretary to minister to Denmark.
- Alexander Weddell passes the foreign service exam.
- Alexander Weddell is named the U.S. consul to Zanzibar.
- Alexander Weddell is commissioned U.S. consul to Catania, Italy.
- Woodrow Wilson elected President.
- 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution established income tax.
- Alexander Weddell commissioned U.S. consul-general to Athens, Greece.
- World War I begins after Archduke Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated.
- Panama Canal opens.
- Woodrow Wilson is reelected president.
- 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.
- World War I ends.
- Prohibition begins.
- The League of Nations is established.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alexander Weddell meets Virginia Steedman in Calcutta; they marry after a four-month courtship.
- Alexander Weddell is appointed U.S. consul-general to Mexico City.
- Virginia and Alexander Weddell purchase Warwick Priory in England and ship the stones to Richmond.
- First successful television transmission.
- Lindbergh makes historic trans-Atlantic flight.
- Virginia House is completed.
- Virginia and Alexander Weddell settle in Richmond after his resignation from the foreign service.
- Virginia House is deeded to Virginia Historical Society.
- Stock market crashes, and the Great Depression begins.
- 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.
- Alexander Weddell is appointed U.S. ambassador to Argentina.
- 21st Amendment repeals Prohibition.
- Alexander Weddell chairs American delegation to the Pan American Commercial Conference.
- Alexander Weddell serves as American representative at Chaco Peace Conference.
- Virginia Weddell presented at the Court of St. James in London.
- 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.
- Virginia Weddell presented with Medal of Honor of the Red Cross in Madrid for her humanitarian efforts.
- Alexander Weddell retires from the foreign service.
- Alexander Weddell named president of the Virginia Historical Society.
- Franklin Roosevelt dies and Harry Truman becomes president.
- Atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
- World War II ends.
- United Nations founded.
- Virginia and Alexander Weddell die in a train accident in Otterville, Missouri, on New Year's Day.