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Lucian Philip Smith

Lucian Philip Smith
Lucian Philip Smith

Lucian Philip Smith was born on 14 August 1887 in Dawson, Pennsylvania to Norval Preston and Anne Houston Smith (née Cochran), a family with large coal interests.

On his 1909 passport application, Lucian stated that he stood 5' 7" tall, had light brown hair, and blue eyes.

In 1912, he was living in the home of his sister at 76 High Street in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he had attended and graduated from West Virginia University.  The home still stands, and is presently the location of Café Bacchus.

Local folklore claims the bachelor first became aware of Mary Eloise Hughes, of Huntington, when shown a photograph of her by a mutual friend.  He quickly became smitten, and travelled to Huntington to meet the dark-haired beauty.  Whatever the exact circumstance of their meeting was, following a brief courtship, a wedding date was set for Thursday, 8 February 1912.

The event was held in Central Christian Church in Huntington.  James Smith, the older brother of Lucian, served as best man.  A reception followed in the Hotel Frederick.

The newly-wed Smiths would have an extensive honeymoon consisting of a trip around the world.  They departed for their journey aboard the Olympic, under the command of Captain Edward John Smith.  But by early April, the honeymooners were longing to return to the mountains of West Virginia.  They boarded the new Titanic in Cherbourg, France on the evening of Wednesday, 10 April holding first-class ticket 13695.

On the night of Sunday, 14 April, Lucian was involved in a game of bridge with three on-board acquaintances: Paul Chevré, Alfred Fernand Omont, and Pierre Maréchal.  When the collision with the iceberg occurred, he went to his cabin and woke Eloise, telling her: "We are in the north and have struck an iceberg.  It does not amount to anything, but will probably delay us a day getting into New York.  However, as a matter of form, the captain has ordered all ladies on deck."

After reassuring his bride the Titanic was fully equipped, and that he would be given a place in a lifeboat once the women and children were evacuated, Lucian saw Eloise off in lifeboat No. 6.  He kissed her goodbye and instructed her to keep her hands in her pockets.

Lucian lost his life in the ensuing disaster.  Ironically, his three bridge mates all found salvation in lifeboat 7, launched from the starboard side early in the sinking.

Early newspaper reports stated that both Lucian and Eloise had been saved.  Several hopeful family members, including James Smith and an aunt, Sarah B. Cochran, travelled by train to New York to meet the couple when the Carpathia docked.

James Smith later journeyed to Halifax, Nova Scotia to ascertain whether or not the body of his brother had been recovered from the ocean.  After searching the makeshift morgues and conferring with the captains of the search vessels Mackay-Bennett and Minia, he determined this was not so.  Meanwhile Eloise, expectant that Lucian would be found, had begun planning a lavish mausoleum for him.

A memorial service, led by the Reverend C.H. Bass, was held on Sunday, 12 May 1912 in Central Christian Church in Huntington, the same church the Smiths were wed in three months earlier.

Pregnant at the time of the disaster, Eloise gave birth to Lucian Philip Smith II on 29 November 1912 in a Cincinnati, Ohio hospital.

Though she would marry three more times before her death in 1940, Eloise Hughes was buried under the name Smith.



  1. His first name is sometimes incorrectly spelled with an E, and his middle name with the more common double L.  But on his 5 May 1909 passport application, he signed his name three times with an A and a single L.
  2. In addition to the Olympic and Titanic, Lucian had also travelled on the Cedric.  Ellis Island passenger records show him arriving in New York from Liverpool aboard her on August 13, 1905, the day before his eighteenth birthday.
  3. Lucian Philip Smith II died on October 24, 1971 at the age of 58.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Lucian Philip Smith
Age: 24 years 8 months and 1 day (Male)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to Mary Eloise Hughes
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 13695, £60
Cabin No. C31
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Ellis Island Passenger Records, August 13, 1905
National Archives and Records Administration, Passport Application, May 7, 1909
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., February 9, 1912
The Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, April 17, 1912
The Raleigh Herald, Beckley, West Virginia, May 9, 1912
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, West Virginia, May 10, 1912
Sworn Affidavit of Mrs. Lucian P. Smith, May 20, 1912
Rock Island Argus, 23 April 1912
The Huntington Quarterly, Issue 29, Autumn 1997

Research Articles

Senan Molony Titanica! (2009) The Turn of a Card

Newspaper Articles

New York Times Parted by Death on Their Honeymoon Trip
The Washington Post (9 February 1912) Daughter of Representative Hughes Weds
Daily Standard Union (16 April 1912) BRIDAL COUPLE VICTIMS OF WRECK
Washington Times (16 April 1912) Congressman Hughes' Daughter Was Among Those on the Vessel
Washington Times (17 April 1912) Heartfelt Sympathy Of Friends Here Goes To Mrs. L. P. Smith
Evening Times (17 April 1912) ON THEIR HONEYMOON
L'Eclaireur de Nice et du Sud-Ouest (18 April 1912) Mrs. Schabert, Mr. Mock, Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Smith, Mr. Stewart
Washington Times (19 April 1912) Ismay Condemned for Taking Boat
Daughter of Congressman Hughes Tells of Experience In Sea Disaster
The Times (20 April 1912) FRENCHMEN'S ACCOUNT
Raleigh Herald (9 May 1912) Memorial for Lucian P. Smith
Bluefield Daily Telegraph (10 May 1912) MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LUCIAN SMITH SUNDAY
The Washington Herald (30 November 1912) Third Widow, Due to Titanic Wreck, Becomes a Mother
New York Tribune (1 December 1912) Father of Mrs. Smith's Boy Went Down with Ship.
Chicago Examiner (1 December 1912) Second Titanic Baby Born
Sphere (28 December 1912) Lucien P. Smith's December baby
Mary Eloise Smith pregnant on Titanic
New York Herald (27 October 1914) Titanic Survivors Keep Their Wedding Quiet
News of the wedding created surprise in social circles
Two of those determined to risk the danger of a voyage are survivors of the Titanic disaster
New York Times (11 April 1923) Mrs. Eloise Hughes Smith Reweds
Prominent in Washington society
New York Times (7 December 1923) R. W. DANIEL WED TO MRS. CAMPBELL
Spend honeymoon in Atlantic City.
New York Times (11 October 1929) R. W. DANIEL MARRIES MRS. C. B. CHRISTIAN
Third Wife Distant Relative in Virginia
New York Times (21 December 1940) ROBERT W. DANIEL, EX-BANKER HERE, 56
Was Survivor of the Titanic


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