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Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza

Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza
Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza

Mr Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza, 36, was a wealthy banker from Germantown, PA.

He was married to Mary B M Racine, born 27 March 1880 in Besançon, France, who had emigrated to America in 1883.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his mother Charlotte Cardeza and his manservant Gustave Lesueur. They occupied one of the two most luxurious suites on board (B51/3/5, ticket 17755, £512, 6s).

Mr Cardeza, his mother and the servants were rescued in lifeboat 3

During the first world war, Thomas worked as a diplomat (assistant commissioner) in Vienna, Austria-Hungary and his wife Marie made many trips across the Atlantic to visit him.

His wife Mary Racine Cardeza died in 1943 and Thomas Cardeza died on 6 June 1952. He was buried beside his mother at West Laurel Hill Cenetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

© Michael A. Findlay, USA


In 1940 census the couple is listed twice, one in Pennsylvania and once in Florida. In the latter, they are shown with two step-children and a niece but this may be an error.

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (16 June 1899) NEW YORK YACHT CLUB
New York Times (15 February 1900) OUTING IN NEW HANDS
New York Times (20 February 1900) DOG SHOW OPENS TO-DAY
New York Times (16 June 1900) Yacht Eleanor's Long Cruise
Chicago American (16 April 1912) 300 OF TITANIC'S PASSENGERS WERE BOOKED AT PARIS
Evening Bulletin (16 April 1912) HAD PREMONITION OF HARM
New York Times (16 April 1912) LORD ROTHES AWAITS WIFE
Washington Herald (19 April 1912) ISMAY LEFT SHIP AT WOMEN'S PLEA
Washington Times (19 April 1912) LIKE AWFUL DREAM, DECLARES WOMAN
Mrs. Cardeza, of Philadelphia, Tells of Her Experience In Wreck
Chicago American (25 April 1912) 2 Men Bribe Titanic Sailors; Save Lives
New York Sun (27 April 1912) Thomas Cardeza's Account
New York Times (12 November 1943) MRS. THOMAS CARDEZA
New York Times (7 June 1952) THOMAS D. M. CARDEZA
New York Times (4 August 1954) $5,000,000 IS WILLED FOR BLOOD RESEARCH
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  1. Sean C. Corenki

    Sean C. Corenki

    I'm having difficulty finding info on Thomas Cardeza's life after the sinking other than the small amount of articles in his bio here on ET. I'm especially interested in knowing if his social standing was affected like Ismay's, Carter's, Peuchen's, Sir Cosmo's, etc. for surviving the sinking. Thanks in advance. Sean

  2. Sean C. Corenki

    Sean C. Corenki

    I found a small amount of info at the University of Pennsylvania's web site. I was hoping one of the passenger people here on ET could point me in the right direction for some more in depth information on Cardeza. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks so much! Sean

  3. Grant Woollacott

    He was a very well to do "Playboy" and a big game hunter. so he probably kept doing what he liked to do after the sinking. If you find a obituary that could possibly give you some information.

  4. Martin Williams

    I can't as yet shed much light on Thomas Cardeza's activities AFTER the 'Titanic' disaster but I can add that he was among the guests at the sumptuous wedding of Harriot Daly to the Hungarian Count Anton Sigray von Febre in March, 1910. As the bride was a Protestant and the groom a Catholic, the marriage ceremony itself was conducted on a very small scale, in the presence of close family only, with Reverend Father Hughes of St. Patrick's Cathedral officiating at the home of Mrs Daly on Fifth Avenue. But the reception afterwards was attended by the cream of East Coast Society: besides a... Read full post

  5. Darren Honeycutt

    The Cardezas had a home here in NC where they came hunting. This home was in Brown Summit. I took photos of the house right before they tore it down.

  6. Brian Ahern

    Martin, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that Harriot Daly was first cousin to Titanic passenger Walter Miller Clark? Their mothers were sisters. The Dalys do seem to have successfully infiltrated the East Coast social scene, though it was by no means the world in which their roots lay. Their money was made in the mines of Montana, and my guess would be that it was through them that Walter and Virginia Clark (herself a Montana native) were introduced. But more about this when I finally get around to sharing the mountain of info I dug up on the Clarks. Oh, and I guess it was a return... Read full post

  7. Brian Ahern

    Speaking of the Earl and Countess of Erroll, this weekend I watched "White Mischief" for the first time, about the murder of the 22nd Earl in Nairobi in 1941 (the movie is pretty heavily fictionalized). I had to order the movie through my local library and wait a few days for it. If the birth and death dates in thepeerage.com are reliable, the Errolls at Harriot Daly's wedding must have been the 20th Earl and his wife, the grandparents of the famous murder victim. It's interesting to me that English aristocrats did cross the Atlantic on holiday, even in cases where there were no apparent... Read full post

  8. Martin Williams

    Happy New(ish) Year, Brian, and welcome back to the board. Your insights have been much missed these past couple of months. I love 'White Mischief' - it is one of my very favourite films. Although, you are right, the cinematic version (with the delectable Greta Scacchi, plus a young Hugh Grant in a bit part) does put a glamorous spin on what was essentially a very sordid affair. During my time at Christie's, I worked with a direct descendant of Sir Jock Delves Broughton. The late fashionista and style icon Isabella Blow, who died in such tragic circumstances last year, was his... Read full post

  9. Martin Williams

    Incidentally, 'The Times' has Harriot meeting the Count for the first time around 1905, when he came over for the wedding of Gladys Vanderbilt to fellow Hungarian Laszlo Szechenyi (I'm not even going to attempt to pronounce that!) They then re-met in Scotland, where Harriot had gone for the wedding of Miss Anna Stewart and where she presumably became acquainted with the toffs who later came across the Atlantic to celebrate her own nuptials. On the subject of Hungary in the Gilded Age: it was, of course, at that time an important part of the Austrian Empire and was in no way seen as a... Read full post

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza
Age: 36 years 11 months and 5 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to Mary Racine
Occupation: Gentleman
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17755, £512 6s 7d
Cabin No. B51/53/55
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Friday 6th June 1952 aged 77 years

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