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Walter Berry (1859–1927)

American Walter Van Rensselaer Berry was born in Paris on July 29, 1859. After graduating from Harvard College in 1888, he took a law degree at Columbia University and pursued a career in international law and diplomacy. After serving as a judge at the International Tribunal of Egypt between 1908 and 1911, he lived in Paris for the remainder of his life. He served as the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris between 1916 and 1923. He was a close friend of the writers Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Edith Wharton, as well as a friend of Mildred Barnes Bliss, Robert Woods Bliss, and Elisina Tyler. He died in Paris on October 12, 1927.