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Mrs. Swanson and Washington Society


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The Atlanta Georgian and News, Friday, March3, 1911

A Leader of Southern Contingent at Capital

(copyright 1911 by Edmonston-Washington, D. C.)

   Mrs. Claude Swanson.
   The charming wife of the senator from Virginia, who has been a prominent figure in Washington Society during the past winter.

   During the gay season just closed by the coming of the Ash Wednesday in Washington, D. C., Mrs. Claude Swanson, wife of the senator from Virginia, proved to be one of the most popular hostesses in the ... circle.

   In Atlanta, where Mrs. Swanson is known and well and delightfully known, her social triumphs in the most brilliant society of the United States have been followed with interest and pleasure by her many friends.

   Mrs. Swanson, buy the way, was one of the charming women at the brilliant reception which was tendered President Taft during his visit to Atlanta when he met all the beautiful women of the city and many attractive visitors, among the latter being the wife of the then governor of Virginia, who was the guest of friends here at the time.

   Since taking up their residence in Washington, the home of the Swanson on Sixteenth St, has been the scene of much social life, formal and informal, but all characterized by the happy hospitable Southern air which is becoming more and more a feature of social life in the capital city. For 'tis said by those who know the Southerners are coming into their own again in Washington society, and among all the beautiful ladies of that brilliant company none are more lovely or more popular than the Southern women. Of these Mrs. Swanson is a leader by reason of her beauty, social experience and charming personality.

   Of the Swanson home a recent article in one of the leading magazines of the day says:
     "Quite naturally, as one would expect to find in a Southern home, the dining room is the largest room in the house, and it is also the most attractive. While the suite of drawing rooms are modern and Parisian in their dainty colors of rose, blue and gold, the dining room breathes hospitality in its glowing crimson hangings, and historic bits of Chippendale and Sheraton add the note of graceful old days found in all Southern houses. Bits of old plate give a finishing touch to this dining room."

   There some of the season's most delightful affairs have taken place. It is a gathering place particularly for Southerns, and frequented by the members of he younger set, too those who are led by the pretty young daughter of the President. For Mrs. Swanson is especially fond of the younger people and is always a favorite with them.

   Among other reasons for her conspicuously bright place in Washington society may be put down Mrs. Swanson's exquisite taste in gowning. She is always one of the best gowned women in any gathering. At a bridge party of recent date her costume, of unusual beauty in the fashionable assemblage, is this described:
     "Mrs. Swanson wore a robe of heavy lace made over some soft silk, both lace and silk being of the palest mauve. With this she wore a large Gainsborough hat, trimmed with plumes, the velvet and feathers being of the taupe shade which blended harmoniously with the soft mauve of her gown."

   The last official reception at which the wife of the junior senator from Virginia was hostess took place last week, and was, as usual, the most delightful occasion.


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