Mary Adelaide Moore (Mrs. Yerkes)

A photograph of Mary Adelaide Moore

Mary Adelaide Moore was first a mistress and then the second wife of Charles T. Yerkes. She was the inspiration for the character of Aileen Butler in the Dreiser’s trilogy.

Another surviving photograph of Mrs. Yerkes

Mary was born in 1857 (20 years younger than her husband.) She became Charles Yerkes’ mistress and later married him on September 23rd, 1881 becoming Mary Adelaide Yerkes after he managed to obtain a divorce from his first wife.

Portrait of Mary Adelaide Yerkes by Adolfo Müller-Ury
Portrait of Mrs. Yerkes and her pet dog Diamond by Jan Van Beers
Another portrait of Mrs. Yerkes by Jan Van Beers