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Author of “The Richest Woman in America,” Janet Wallach to speak at FDU


Janet Wallach will speak on her recent book “The Richest Woman in America” on Sunday, March 16 at the College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, located in Hennessy Hall, the former mansion of the Twombly family. Tickets are $20 at the door and proceeds go to the restoration of Florham, the Twombly estate which is now the campus of the College at Florham.

Hetty Green became the richest women in America during the Gilded Age, amassing a fortune of $100 million before her death in 1916. The frugal investment pioneer dealt in railroads, real estate, and mines. Green’s miserly ways and financial success earned her the moniker “Witch of Wall Street,” but Wallach presents the other aspects of Green’s personality and life.

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Wallach is the author of nine books, including Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, which has been translated into 12 languages and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Copies of “The Richest Woman in America” will be available for purchase and for and signing by the author.

The mission of the Friends of Florham is to advise and assist the administration and Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University in the care, maintenance, and historic preservation of "Florham." The Friends believe that the buildings, designed by the premier architecture firm, McKim, Mead and White, and the grounds designed by noted landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, are of significant historic value. To preserve them they continue  to raise funds through galas, contributions, and grants. In addition, the Friends offer lectures on the Gilded Age. These lectures are open to the public.

FDU’s College at Florham is located on the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate in suburban Morris County. Its focus is on providing outstanding on-campus and residential living opportunities, hands-on-learning experiences, strong graduate and professional school preparation, and customized educational options, all framed by a global perspective.

Fairleigh Dickinson is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. For more information contact (201) 692-7008 or

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