STONINGTON, Conn. -- Helen Hamilton Burgess, the great-great-granddaughter of American revolutionary Alexander Hamilton and the granddaughter of famed banker J.P. Morgan died Friday in a nursing home. She was 88.
A long-time resident of Washington D.C., Burgess had been staying with her daughter, Carolie Noble, in the Pawcatuck section of Stonington during the past year because of a 'long illness.'
She died of cardiac arrest at the Mystic Manor Convalescent Home, said her secretary, Ethel Hoffman.
Burgess was J.P. Morgan's granddaughter and great-great granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
She was involved with the historic preservation of colonial Williamsburg, Va., in the late 1930s and became a founder and a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1953.
She held that post for 25 years and also served as the president of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown, an affluent Washington neighborhood where she lived for many years.
Following the death in 1942 of her first husband, Arthur Woods, a former police commissioner of New York City, Burgess followed her three sons into military service.
She rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and deputy director of the Women's Army Corps, and was a member of the Army General Staff Corps. Burgess also was awarded the Legion of Merit and Army commendation medals.
Following World War II, she worked as a public liason for with the European relief program known as the Marshall Plan.
In 1955, she married W. Randolph Burgess, who was then undersecretary of the Treasury for monetary affairs and was appointed a U.S. ambassador to NATO in 1957. He died in 1978.
Mrs. Burgess is survived by four children, 14 granddchildren and two great granddchildren.
Memorial services were scheduled for Wednesday at Christ Church in Washington, and she was to be burried at Arlington National Cemetery.