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Dr Stanton Coit

RMS Carpathia Passenger

Stanton Coit
Stanton Coit

Dr Stanton Coit (born George Stanton Coit) was born in Columbus, Ohio, USA on 11 August 1857. He was the son of Massachusetts-born dry goods merchant and money broker Harvey Coit and the former Elizabeth Greer, a native of Worthington, Ohio. He had at least four siblings. 

Stanton CoitStudying in several prestigious colleges in the USA and also in Berlin, freethinking Coit became interested in philosophy, social ethics and reform. In 1888 he relocated from New York to London where he had a ministership of the South Place Religious Society, later the South Place Ethical Society. Authoring and compiling a number of publications, he also lectured at schools and colleges, speaking out on poverty and social injustice, as well as animal rights. He became founder of, among other societies: University Settlement in New York City; the Union of Ethical Societies in England; the Moral Education League; the Religious Drama League and at least twenty-five other English-based ethical societies. He toured all over Britain, Europe and North America to give his lectures. 

In 1898 he married wealthy German-born widow Fanny Adela Wetzlar née Gans (b. 1864) and they had five daughters: Margaret, Elizabeth, Adela, Gwendolen and Virginia. By 1911 the family lived at 30 Hyde Park Gate in Kensington, London, a household complete with eight servants. 

Following an extensive lecture tour of the USA, Stanton Coit was a first cabin passenger aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster.

Stanton Coit 1916
Stanton Coit in 1916

In later years Coit continued to tour extensively; widowed in 1932, he divided his time between London and Eastbourne. He died in Eastbourne on 15 February 1944.

References and Sources

Photos: The Washington Herald, 31 March 1912, Washington Times, 4 April 1912, Philadelphia Inquirer, 5 March 1916

Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

The Globe (26 March 1908) An Amazing Charge
Sheffield Independent (26 March 1908) Sent to Prison for Alleged Assault on Conductor
New York Times (19 April 1912) Those Who Saw the Rescue
Dr. Stanton Coit Outlook (27 April 1912) The Rescued: By an Eye-Witness on the Carpathia

Documents and Certificates

RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
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Carpathia Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Stanton Coit
Age: 54 years 8 months and 4 days (Male)
Nationality: American English
Marital Status: Married to Fanny Adela Wetzlar née Gans
Occupation: Academic
Ship: Carpathia

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