Kaiser Wilhelm Sends Portrait to Virginia Nuns, 1913


Special to the New York Times

The New York Times, June 7, 1913

RICHMOND, Va., June 16— The Sisters of St. Edith’s Academy, near Manassas, have received from Emperor William a large oil painting of himself with the Emperor’s autograph. The academy is under the direction of Benedictine nuns, most of whom are German. They recently wrote to the Kaiser, congratulating him on his jubilee, and asking him for an autographed photograph. Instead of a photograph, the Emperor sent a fine oil painting.

NOTE:  St. Edith’s Academy, founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1894, closed in the early 1920′s. The school was relocated to Richmond in the early 1920′s as St. Gertrude’s Academy. There’s a pretty good chance the Sisters got rid of the picture after the U.S. declared war on Germany in April 1917.

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  • Epifanio Castillo, Jr.

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  • http://christinacroft.blogspot.com Christina

    Wow! What an interesting article! I feel so sorry for Kaiser Wilhelm as he has been so badly misrepresented by historians and he was neither a madman nor a warmonger. It’s interesting that until 1917 most Americans supported Germany in the war but the press decided to sway minds against the Germans to enable President Wilson to take the United States into the war. It is a very sad state of affairs and I hope the nuns kept the portrait!