Pell, Claiborne deBorda
- G. Wayne Miller
Pell, Claiborne deBorda (22 Nov. 1918–1 Jan. 2009), Rhode Island Senator, was born in New York City into a world of genteel luxury. His father, Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr., was the leading son of a family whose scion had received a royal charter of land in Pelham Manor, New York, from King George III; his mother, Matilda Bigelow Pell, was the daughter of a wealthy lumber business owner. An only child whose parents later divorced, he divided his childhood between New York City; London, where he attended school for two years while living with his mother; Hopewell Junction, New York, where his father owned an estate; and Newport, Rhode Island, where his father owned a mansion on Bellevue Avenue, favored boulevard for Astors and Vanderbilts during the Gilded Age....