John Hay Whitney

Born Aug 27, 1904

John Hay Whitney, colloquially known as "Jock" Whitney, was U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune, and a member of the Whitney family.

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1904 Birth Born on August 17, 1904, in Ellsworth, Maine, Whitney was a descendant of John Whitney, a Puritan who settled in Massachusetts in 1635, as well as of William Bradford, who came over on the Mayflower. … Read More


1926 22 Years Old After graduating in 1926, Whitney went to Oxford University, but the death of his father necessitated his returning home. … Read More
1928 24 Years Old In 1928, he became the youngest member ever elected to The Jockey Club.
1929 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Whitney and his first wife "Liz" raced horses both in the United States and in Europe. He owned Easter Hero who won the 1929 and 1930 editions of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
1930 26 Years Old In 1930 Whitney was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and named President of the MoMA Film Library in 1935.
1932 28 Years Old The Whitneys entered four horses in the Kentucky Derby in the 1930s, "Stepenfetchit," which finished 3rd in 1932, "Overtime," which finished 5th in 1933, "Singing Wood," which finished 8th in 1934, and "Heather Broom," which finished 3rd in 1939.
Jock Whitney was also an outstanding polo player, with a four-goal handicap, and it was as a sportsman that he made the cover of the March 27, 1933, issue of Time magazine. … Read More


1934 30 Years Old An October 1934 Fortune article on the Technicolor Corporation noted Whitney's interest in pictures. … Read More
1940 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The couple divorced in 1940, but Liz Whitney remained there for the rest of her life, becoming an internationally renowned horse breeder and a member of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association Hall of Fame. … Read More
1941 37 Years Old In 1941 he succeeded Nelson A. Rockefeller as President of MoMA.


1946 42 Years Old Whitney created the John Hay Whitney Foundation for educational projects in 1946. … Read More
1951 47 Years Old In 1951, he and his wife Betsey Cushing Whitney donated land from their "Greentree" estate in Manhasset, New York toward the building of North Shore Hospital. … Read More
1953 49 Years Old In 1953, Whitney received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York."


1956 52 Years Old Whitney was the major backer of Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower appointed him United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, a post held sixty years earlier by Whitney's grandfather John Hay. Whitney played a major role in improving Anglo-American relations, which had been severely strained during the 1956 Suez Crisis, when Eisenhower demanded that the British, French and Israelis terminate their invasion of Egypt. … Read More


1970 66 Years Old In the late 1960s/early 1970's John Hay Whitney donated two small parcels of land in Manhasset to the County of Nassau and to the Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department. … Read More
1982 78 Years Old Died in 1982.
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