Seven Famous People Who Missed the Titanic
The notables who planned to sail on the fateful voyage included a world-famous novelist, a radio pioneer and America’s biggest tycoons
- By Greg Daugherty
- Smithsonian magazine, March 2012
(Library of Congress)
The Titanic’s return trip to England was scheduled to begin on April 20. Among the more famous names who had apparently booked passage:
• Henry Adams, descendant of two presidents and author of “The Education of Henry Adams.”
• John Alden Dix, then governor of New York.(above)
• J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line. A survivor of the Titanic disaster, Ismay was portrayed as a villain in many accounts in part for the ship’s shortage of lifeboats and for getting himself safely into one.
• Guglielmo Marconi. Having skipped the maiden voyage, Marconi had apparently made arrangements to take the second.
• Frank Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber.
Other would-be passengers had booked even further ahead. For example, J.C. Penney, founder of the department store chain that still bears his name, was set to sail on the Titanic’s next crossing from England to the United States.