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Margaret Van Alen Bruguiére, also known as Daisy Van Alen, was born on July 15, 1876 in Newport, Rhode Island.

While the name may not be familiar to many, the socialite, art collector and philanthropist was considered by many during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s as the leader of Newport’s social scene.

She was once one the wealthiest woman in Newport with an estate estimated at $47 million at the time of her death in 1969.

Interesting Facts:

  • Daisy was related through marriage to the Astors and Vanderbilts.
  • Daisy’s son, Jimmy Van Alen, was the founder and primary benefactor of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Daisy grew up in Rosetta in Newport and resided at Wakehurst in Newport for almost 70 years.
  • According to her obituary in the Nashua Telegraph: Daisy gave $10,000 for the landscaping and renaming of Washington Square Park in Newport in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Although it hasn’t been updated recently, there’s a Facebook Page in her honor; The Extraordinary Life of Daisy Bruguiere and Her Estate ‘Wakehurst’.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.