Helen Hay Whitney

Writer and Philanthropist
Born 1876
Hometown the United States
Died Sep 24, 1944
Death Place New York City
Political Party Republican Party
Religion Episcopal Church ...
Other Names Helen Julia Hay

Helen Julia Hay Whitney was an American poet, writer, racehorse owner/breeder, socialite, and philanthropist. She was a member by marriage of the prominent Whitney family of New York.

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1875 Birth Born on March 11, 1875.


1902 27 Years Old In 1902 she married Payne Whitney with whom she had a daughter, Joan, and a son, John. … Read More


1927 52 Years Old …  After her husbands death in 1927, she managed Greentree Stable and it continued to be a major force in Thoroughbred flat and steeplechase horse racing. Her horses won the American Grand National steeplechase in 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1937.
1931 56 Years Old In flat racing, her horses won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1931 and 1942.


1943 68 Years Old The beneficiary of a large fortune on the death of her husband, Helen Whitney provided substantial funding to various causes and institutions including the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale University. In 1943, an ailing Helen Whitney and her daughter Joan created the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation which supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences.
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Helen Whitney died in 1944 and as part of her bequests left the Metropolitan Museum of Art twenty-four objects consisting of paintings, ceramics, textiles, and furniture.
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