Lauder Greenway Family

The Lauder Greenway Family is a Scottish-American clan whose influence on, and involvement in, American political and economic affairs dates from the 1640s through the contemporary era. The modern progenitor is George Lauder, Sr. (1815 - 1901), a Scottish businessman and political radical who raised his son, George Lauder, and nephew Andrew Carnegie. The two latter men would go on to create the Carnegie Steel Corporation, the forerunner to U.S. Steel, and subsequently become two of the richest men in the world.

Lauder Greenway Family
Current regionNew York City
Greenwich, Connecticut
Washington, D.C.
MembersGeorge Lauder, Sr.
George Lauder
John Greenway
James Greenway
G. Lauder Greenway
Polly Lauder Tunney
John V. Tunney
Connected familiesCarnegie Family
Tunney Family
Estate(s)Lauder Greenway Estate

Business activities

The genesis of the modern iteration of the family is through their development, and partial ownership of, the Carnegie Steel Corporation. George Lauder was a Scottish industrialist and trained engineer who studied under Lord Kelvin. He was the "cousin-brother" of steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and a partner in the Carnegie Steel Corporation.[1] The sale of Carnegie Steel to J.P. Morgan created U.S. Steel where Lauder was on the board of directors. This was the first corporation in the world with a market capitalization exceeding US$1 Billion.[2]

Philanthropic activities

Major, long term support from the family has been directed to Yale University,[3] Phillips Andover, the Metropolitan Opera Association,[4] the New York Philharmonic,[4] and the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.

Notable Contemporary Members


Lauder Side

Through George Lauder’s marriage to Anna Maria Romeyn Varick, their descendants above are from the Old Dutch Society of New York City. Mrs. Lauder was a descendant of both Joris Jansen Rapelje, a member of the Council of Twelve Men, the first democratic body in the history of the United States (1641), and Founding Father Colonel Richard Varick, private secretary to George Washington, and the first mayor of New York City after independence.

Greenway Side

On the Greenway side, this family are descendant from a number of military and business leaders from American History including:


The Lauder Greenway Estate is a 50-acre private property with a French Renaissance mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. For a time, it was the most expensive home in United States history.

Built for industrialist John Hamilton Gourlie in 1896, it was purchased by the Lauder Greenway Family in 1905 and would stay in that family's hands for a majority of its existence.[8] Considered "...Greenwich, Conn.’s last Great Estate, an opulent robber baron-era property enveloping 50 prized acres along the tony New York suburb’s waterfront." It is the largest surviving Gilded Age mansion in Connecticut.[9]


  1. Skrabek, Quentin R. (2012). The Carnegie Boys: The Lieutenants of Andrew Carnegie that Changed America. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7864-6455-5.
  2. "What was the first company with a $1 billion market cap?". Investopedia. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. "Leaders Through the School's History". Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. "G. Lauder Greenway Dies at 77; Headed Met Opera Association". Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  5. Ira M. Rutkow (1988). The History of Surgery in the United States, 1775–1900, Volume 2. Norman Publishing, p. 90 ISBN 9780930405489
  6. Leslie Thomas Morton, Robert J. Moore, 2005, A Bibliography of Medical and Biomedical Biography. Ashgate,. p. 238
  7. James Ramage, Andrea S. Watkins (2011). Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War. University Press of Kentucky
  8. "Greenwich's Copper Beech Farm sells for unprecedented $120 million". CT Post. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  9. "Touring Greenwich's (Newly Price-Chopped) $140 Million Copper Beech Farm". Forbes. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
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