Friday, January 11, 2013

Nuala and Eileen

Above is a photo I found recently of Nuala O'Donnell Pell and Eileen Gillespie Slocum, both prominent members of Newport's Old Guard. Nuala Pell was the wife of the late beloved US Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI). Nuala grew up at her mother's estate The Waves, overlooking Bailey's Beach. She and Claiborne built a home on her mother's property, which they named Pelican Ledge. Though The Waves is no longer in her family, Nuala still lives at Pelican Ledge. Probably one of the most outspoken Republicans in Rhode Island, Eileen Slocum was a truly wonderful woman. She grew up in Newport and remembers playing hide and seek at The Breakers with Countess Anthony Szapary as a young girl. In the 1960's, she and her husband, diplomat John Slocum, redid Eileen's massive childhood mansion, where she would live for the rest of her life, The Harold Brown Villa, a pink stone mansion the scene of many Republican fundraising dinners. From 1998 to her death in 2008 she served as co-committeewoman with Noreen Drexel for Rhode Island's Republican National Committee. She was the Queen of Newport's Old Guard. 

Nuala and Pell with a mandolin player in the 1960 primary.

Nuala Pell Campaigning For Her Husband In The 1960's, "A Forward Thinking Democrat" PELL FOR U.S. SENATE 

Eileen Slocum Attending Her First Republican National Convention In 1960, From Then On She Would Never Miss An RNC

To Read More About Eileen And Her Newport Estate, Click HERE

To Read A Bit About Nuala And Pelican Ledge, Click HERE

Two Bottom Photos Courtesy of G. Wayne Miller, Who Wrote A Book About Claiborne Pell And A Movie About Eileen Slocum

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