Robert Williams Daniel

Mr Robert Williams Daniel

Robert Williams Daniel

Mr Robert Williams Daniel, 27, was born 11 September 1884 in Richmond, Virginia, the son of James R. V. Daniel and Hallie Williams.

Robert Daniel boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113804, £30 10s). He was on his way to Philidelphia, PA. He was probably rescued in lifeboat 3 although in the book The Sinking of the Titanic Daniel is reported jumped into the water with the Wideners and was picked up by a lifeboat.

Robert Daniel, a Philadelphia passenger, told of terrible scenes at this period of the disaster. He said men fought and bit and struck one another like madmen, and exhibited wounds upon his face to prove the assertion. Mr Daniel said that he was picked up naked from the ice-cold water and almost perished from exposure before he was rescued. He and others told how the Titanic's bow was completely torn away by the impact with the berg.

"George D. Widener and Harry Elkins Widener were among those who jumped at the last minute. So did Robert Williams Daniel. The three of them went down together. Daniel struck out, lashing the water with his arms until he had made a point far distant from the sinking monster of the sea. Later he was picked up by one of the passing life-boats.

While aboard the rescue ship Carpathia, he met fellow Titanic survivor Mary Eloise Smith, who's husband perished during the disaster. They were married in August 1913.

Mr Daniel was married two more times and later became a member of the state senate for Virginia. He died on 20 December 1940, aged 56.

References and Sources

Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Death
Unidentified Newspaper (Richmond, Virginia), 21 December 1940, Obituary
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Walter Lord (1986) The Night Lives On: Thoughts, Theories and Revelations about the Titanic. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 140 27900 8
Logan Marshall (1912) The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Credits
Phillip Gowan, USA
Tim Williams

Pictures

Robert W. Daniel passport picture 1916

ROBERT W. DANIEL PASSPORT PICTURE 1916

 
Robert Daniel

(1915) 

ROBERT DANIEL

 
Robert Williams Daniel at a political meeting

(1940) 

ROBERT WILLIAMS DANIEL AT A POLITICAL MEETING

 

Articles and Stories

R. W. DANIEL WED TO MRS. CAMPBELL

New York Times  (1923) 

R. W. DANIEL WED TO MRS. CAMPBELL

 
OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS

The Times  (1912) 

OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS

 
CAME TO SEE COL. GRACIE

New-York Tribune  (1912) 

CAME TO SEE COL. GRACIE

 
Gazette Staff Man On Carpathia's Pier

Worcester Evening Gazette  (1912) 

GAZETTE STAFF MAN ON CARPATHIA'S PIER

 
MRS. ASTOR IS ILL, BUT NOT CRITICALLY

New York Times  (1912) 

MRS. ASTOR IS ILL, BUT NOT CRITICALLY

 
Mrs. Eloise Hughes Smith Reweds

New York Times  (1923) 

MRS. ELOISE HUGHES SMITH REWEDS

 
DURANT’S DAUGHTER IN NEVADA FOR PURPOSE OF SECURING DIVORCE

Thomasville Times-Enterprise  (1928) 

DURANT’S DAUGHTER IN NEVADA FOR PURPOSE OF SECURING DIVORCE

 
GIRL SURVIVOR HAS PRAISE FOR ISMAY

New York Times  (1912) 

GIRL SURVIVOR HAS PRAISE FOR ISMAY

 
WIDENER WAS HEROIC TO END, SAYS FRIEND

Washington Times  (1912) 

WIDENER WAS HEROIC TO END, SAYS FRIEND

 
SURVIVOR TELLS OF THE HEROISM OF CLARENCE MOORE

Washington Times  (1912) 

SURVIVOR TELLS OF THE HEROISM OF CLARENCE MOORE

 
[There are 5 more items in the Robert Williams Daniel document archive]
  • Add new information or a comment


  • Help improve this biography

  • Link and cite this biography

    (2014) Robert Williams Daniel Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #88, accessed 24th April 2014 04:32:20 AM)

    URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/robert-williams-daniel.html