P.A. Valentine was born at Forres, Scotland, on December 13, 1851. He was educated at Victoria College, Channel Islands. He came to America when he was young and made his way to Chicago. He found employment with a firm at the Board of Trade and was very successful. His success was noticed by P. D. Armour, Jr. and he was invited into the House of Armour. He became Philips' best friend and closest confidant. As we have noted, he was one of the pallbearers and one of the executors of Philips' estate.
This is how the newspaper described the situation: "He had become the warm friend of P.D. Armour, Jr., and when the latter died the widow, who had been Miss Mary Lester, turned to Mr. Valentine for advice. She had an estate of over $8,000,000 to look after and she felt she could not master the business complexities. Mr. Valentine took charge of her affairs and managed them so well that they greatly increased in value. Their business relations brought them frequently together and eventually she announced their engagement."
They were married in New York at the Hotel Netherland. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Thaddeus Snively, rector of St. Chrysostom's Church, Chicago. It was a simple ceremony with no attendants much like her first wedding. She wore a pale blue satin gown, veiled with chiffon and embellished with a profusion of exquisite lace. After an elaborate dinner, the couple sailed on the Kron Prinz for a tour of Europe.
They lived at 8 East Sixty-ninth street in New York City and their summer home was Danforth Lodge, in Oconomowoc, WI. P.A. Valentine died on August 21, 1916 of Bright's disease. He was 55 years old and had been ill for five months. He is buried in Oconomowoc. His estate was valued at 10 million. The bulk of the estate went to his only son, Patrick Anderson Valentine.
Mary Lester Armour Valentine did not die until 1965. She was 95 years old. She was the mother of Philip D. Armour III; Lester Armour and P. A. Valentine, Jr. of Greenwich. Conn. Grandmother of 9, great-grandmother of 17 and one great-great grandchild. She is thought to be buried at Oconomowoc.
So ends the story.