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Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney

Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney

Born May 18, 1908

Betsey Roosevelt Whitney, was an American philanthropist, the ex-wife of James Roosevelt (the eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt), and later wife of American millionaire and U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, John Hay Whitney.

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  • Judith Peabody, 80, Dies; Aided Arts And The Sick
    NYTimes - Jul 27, 2010
  • Shelter Rock Facing An Uncertain Future
    NYTimes - Feb 28, 1999
  • Television Review; A Knack For Meeting The Famous And Marrying Well
    NYTimes - Oct 12, 1998
  • Paid Notice: Deaths Whitney, Betsey Cushing
    NYTimes - Mar 29, 1998


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney.


1908 Birth Born in 1908.


1930 22 Years Old Betsey married James Roosevelt in 1930, when his father was then governor of New York. … Read More


1939 31 Years Old Her husband served his father as an aide at the White House, and Betsey often stood-in as hostess at the White House when Eleanor was absent. When FDR entertained King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at a picnic at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York in 1939, Betsey was prominent at the affair, and accompanied FDR as he drove the King and Queen along the Hudson River. In 1938, James Roosevelt left for Hollywood to work as an aide to Samuel Goldwyn. His wife followed him, but they divorced in 1940. … Read More
1942 34 Years Old On March 1, 1942 Betsey married millionaire John Hay Whitney, who was formerly married to socialite Elizabeth Altemus. In 1949, Whitney formally adopted his wife's daughters Kate and Sara Wilford. The Whitneys moved to London in 1957, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower named Whitney Ambassador to the Court of St. James's. … Read More


1978 70 Years Old Both of Betsey's sisters died of cancer within months of each other in 1978, twenty years before Betsey died.
1982 74 Years Old After her husband's death in 1982, Betsey donated $8 million to the Yale Medical School, then the largest gift in the school's history. … Read More
1990 82 Years Old 1 More Event
Betsey also made art auction history in 1990 by putting up for sale, by Sotheby's, one of Renoir's most famous paintings, the sun-dappled cafe scene Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre. … Read More
1998 90 Years Old Betsey died on March 25, 1998 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
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