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Archibald Gracie IV
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Gracie IV in c. 1910
Born (1859-01-15)January 15, 1859
Died December 4, 1912(1912-12-04) (aged 53)
Cause of death Complications from diabetes
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx
Nationality American
Education St. Paul's School
United States Military Academy
Occupation Writer, amateur historian, real estate investor
Known for Survivor of the RMS Titanic
Parent(s) Archibald Gracie III
Josephine Archibald

Colonel Archibald Gracie IV (January 17, 1859 – December 4, 1912) was an American writer, amateur historian, real estate investor, and survivor of the sinking of the R.M.S Titanic. He survived the sinking by climbing aboard an overturned lifeboat. He wrote a popular book about the disaster which is still in print today.

Early life

Gracie was born on January 17, 1859 in Mobile, Alabama and studied at St. Paul's School. He was never married.

Titanic sinking

Gracie was saved during the sinking of the Titanic when he got onto a lifeboat. Then as the ship started to sink, his life boat was sucked underwater. Gracie and his friend Clinch Smith were under the ship when Gracie was freed from the ship's current and began to swin towards a collapsed lifeboat. His friend Clinch never reached the surface and his remains were never found.

Death

Gracie died on December 4, 1912 from diabetes in New York City, New York, aged 53. He died just 8 months after the sinking, making him the first upper class Titanic survivor to die. Gracie's last words were "We must get them into the boats. We must get them all into the boats."

  • Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy, by John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas, W.W. Newton & Company, 2nd edition 1995
  • A Night to Remember, by Walter Lord, ed. Nathaniel Hilbreck, Owl Books, rep. 2004,
  • The Truth about the Titanic by Colonel Archibald Gracie, New York, Mitchell Kennerley, 1913
  • Titanic: A Survivor's Story and the Sinking of the S.S. Titanic by Archibald Gracie and Jack Thayer, Academy Chicago Publishers, 1988
  • The Truth about Chickamauga, by Archibald Gracie, 1911


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