John Hay Whitney
American diplomat
John Hay Whitney
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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Spin Spitfire MKIII titanium race bike – Just in - BikeRadar.com
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By John Whitney & Jamie Wilkins in Bath, UK Up against carbon fibre, aluminium and even steel, titanium road frames are currently lagging behind a little in the popularity stakes. This doesn't reflect its suitability as a frame material or its ride
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Just in: PRO Vibe road cockpit and Pentax WG1 GPS camera - BikeRadar.com
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Newly arrived in the BikeRadar office are a handful of components from PRO's Vibe range. Updated with new graphics this year, the carbon fibre bar, stem and seatpost are aimed at the top-end road market, with pricetags to
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Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson critical after hit-and-run - BikeRadar.com
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A motorist has been arrested over a hit-and-run crash which left British Paralympic champion cyclist Simon Richardson in a critical condition in hospital. The incident happened on the A48 near Bridgend, Wales at 9.40am
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Shimano Ultegra wheels and Selle San Marco Concor saddle – Just in - BikeRadar.com
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A set of Shimano's latest Ultegra 6700 road wheels have arrived at BikeRadar, courtesy of UK distributors Madison. These aluminium hoops have received a cosmetic upgrade for 2012 in the form of a new “Glossy Gray” finish to
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BikeRadar editor smashes 12-hour time trial record - BikeRadar.com
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We'll forgive BikeRadar editor Jeff Jones for looking a little weary today – yesterday he shattered the world and UK 12-hour time trial distance record during the CC Breckland 12 hour. Having clocked up a staggering 305.513
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Trigon 2012 road bikes – First look - BikeRadar.com
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The guys from the cycling division of Moto Direct, the UK distributors of Trigon Bicycles, dropped by the office this week to show us what we can expect from the Taiwanese bike company in 2012. Although not a household name,
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Tour de France competition winners' trip of a lifetime - BikeRadar.com
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For a cycling nut, it was the experience of a lifetime – flying high above the Tour de France in a helicopter, making small talk with former winner Stephen Roche. That was where Michael Harris found himself last month thanks
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Evans Cycles badly hit by English riots - BikeRadar.com
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Their usefulness as getaway vehicles and easy resale has helped make bicyles an unfortunate target in the riots blighting England's major cities over the past few days. Reports of ringleaders orchestrating hooligans on
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Cannondale 2012 mountain and road bikes – First look - BikeRadar.com
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UK importers Cycling Sports Group invited us down to their Poole headquarters yesterday for a preview of Cannondale's 2012 mountain and road bike line-up. Highlights include the long-awaited Claymore and
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Itronics 2011 First Half Revenues Increase 9 Percent - MarketWatch (press release)
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The de-silvered photo liquids are converted to base liquids for use in manufacturing the environmentally beneficial line of GOLD'n GRO liquid fertilizers," said Dr. John Whitney, Itronics President
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Specialized 2012 road helmets, clothing and equipment - BikeRadar.com
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After checking out Specialized's new road and mountain bikes on the first day of their 2012 press launch, the emphasis on day two was firmly on the company's clothing and component ranges – both of which
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Specialized 2012 road bikes – First look - BikeRadar.com
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With the new Venge, Tarmac SL4 and Amira already unveiled, Specialized's 2012 road launch was always going to be a little light on surprises. This was certainly the case on day one of the annual event,
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June Florence Schermerhorn Whitney - Rochelle News Leader
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... stepson, John Whitney of Sycamore; sister, Marthalene (Abker) Seiple of Naperville; 10 grandchildren, Michael Whitehead of Sherburn, Minn., Sonia Kay Whitehead of Mondovi, Wis., Lisa (Joel) Vogel of Naperville, Frank (Erica) Schermerhorn of DeKalb,
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Kids' Cuisine restaurant review: Java Train Cafe in St. Paul has created a ... - Pioneer Press
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Meanwhile, Chan's son, John Whitney, 6 months, gets a tidbit from Nicole Chan. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri ) Tucked into a residential neighborhood between the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and Como Park, Java Train Cafe is a convenient place to grab food
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Ridley Noah Fast - First ride - BikeRadar.com
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Aero road bikes are all the rage this year, with Specialized, Scott and Cervelo all launching new aero frames: the Venge, Foil and S5. Belgian company Ridley have not been napping either, recently launching the Noah Fast
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Birzman tools and Alpina helmets – Just in - BikeRadar.com
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Taiwan's Birzman are comparatively new entrants into the bike tool market – their first products hit shops just three years ago – but they've been winning awards and top test scores left, right and centre
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Cyclist road safety: tackling the issues - BikeRadar.com
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Has cycling ever been more popular in the UK? From the elite level right down to the casual commuter, there's a feeling we're entering, or perhaps even in, a golden age of riding. You don't have to look too far for evidence;
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Cateye 2011 lights - First look - BikeRadar.com
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Given we've only just passed the longest day of the year, it may seem a little premature to be thinking about bike lights. Nonetheless, we have a selection of the latest Cateye products that may make it onto your wish list
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CTC Cycle Champions Programme looks to future beyond 2012 - BikeRadar.com
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At the start of 2008, CTC Charitable Trust – the charity arm of the UK's national cyclists' organisation – received £6.3m in funding to kick-start a programme that would see cycling brought to a whole new audience
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Hay Whitney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 77
    Died in 1982.
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  • 1970
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Nassau County parcel was the new home for the 6th Police Precinct of the Nassau County Police, located at the S/E intersection of Community Drive and East Community Drive. Just east of the 6th pct, at 2 E Community Dr., the M-LFD parcel was the new home of Fire Company #2 of the M-LFD, where John Hay Whitney was voted in by the membership of Company number two as an Honorary Member of the Company.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1956
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Payne Whitney made substantial gifts to Yale, to the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the New York Public Library. After his father's death, the family built the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale in his honor. The family also financed Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 1932.
  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 48
    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."
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  • 1951
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Currently called North Shore University Hospital, it is the flagship hospital of the 3rd largest not-for-profit secular healthcare system in the United States, the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
  • 1946
    Age 41
    Whitney created the John Hay Whitney Foundation for educational projects in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details The Foundation provided fellowships to the racially and culturally deprived. He became a major contributor to Yale University, where he served as a Fellow of the Corporation.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 36
    In 1941 he succeeded Nelson A. Rockefeller as President of MoMA.
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  • 1940
    Age 35
    Whitney and Liz divorced in 1940 and in 1942 he married Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, ex-wife of James Roosevelt, son of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and adopted her two daughters, Kate and Sara Whitney.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although married to Altemus, Jock Whitney was romantically linked to Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Bennett, Paulette Goddard and Joan Crawford. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard met at one of Whitney's parties. In the early 1930s Jock Whitney began an affair with Nina Gore Vidal; at the same time Mary Altemus Whitney had an affair with Nina Vidal's husband Eugene Vidal.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 29
    An October 1934 Fortune article on the Technicolor Corporation noted Whitney's interest in pictures.
    More Details Hide Details He had met Technicolor head Herbert Kalmus at the Saratoga Race Course. In 1932, Technicolor achieved a breakthrough with its three-strip process. Merian C. Cooper of RKO Radio Pictures approached Whitney with the idea of investing in Technicolor. They joined forces and founded Pioneer Pictures in 1933, with a distribution deal with RKO to distribute Pioneer's films. Whitney and his cousin Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney bought a 15% stake in Technicolor. Whitney was also the major investor in David O. Selznick's production company Selznick International Pictures, putting up $870,000 and serving as Chairman of the Board. He put up half the money to option Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind for the Selznick film version, in which he then invested, and later in Rebecca (1940). J.H. Whitney & Company is the oldest venture capital firm in the U.S. (Whitney's business partner, Benno C. Schmidt, Sr., in fact, coined the term "venture capital.")
  • 1933
    Age 28
    Whitney met Fred Astaire in New York City while the former was a student at Yale University and they became lifelong friends, sharing a passion for horse racing. Whitney became a major investor in two of Astaire's Broadway stage vehicles, The Band Wagon (1930) and Gay Divorce (1932), and played a crucial role in securing for Astaire a contract with RKO Pictures in 1933, using his contacts with Merion C. Cooper - both men were board members of Pan American Airways whose planes were prominently featured in Astaire's breakthrough film with Ginger Rogers: Flying Down to Rio (1933).
    More Details Hide Details During the 1970s, Jock Whitney was listed as one of the ten wealthiest men in the world. The residences at his disposal over the years included an estate on Long Island; Greenwood Plantation in Georgia; a townhouse and an elegant apartment in Manhattan; a large summer house on Fishers Island, near New London, Connecticut; a 12-room house in Saratoga Springs, which the Whitneys used when they attended horse races; a golfing cottage in Augusta, Georgia, where he was a member of the Augusta National Golf Club; and a spacious house in Surrey, England, near the Ascot Racecourse. Mr. Whitney also owned an estate in Aiken, South Carolina, which he considered his 'retirement' home and where he hoped to spend his final days. Among the paintings in his collection, Jock Whitney's prized possession was the Bal au moulin de la Galette painted in 1876 by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In 1990, his widow put the painting up for auction with Sotheby's, New York and it sold for US$78 million to Japanese businessman, Ryoei Saito.
    Williams became Freeport's president in 1933 and Whitney was appointed Chairman of the Board.
    More Details Hide Details Whitney invested in several Broadway shows, including Peter Arno's 1931 revue Here Goes the Bride, a failure that cost him $100,000, but was more successful as one of the backers of Life with Father.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1929, Whitney was hired as a clerk at the firm of Lee, Higginson, where he met Langbourne Meade Williams, Jr., the son of the founder of Freeport Texas Co., a sulfur mining company. Williams enlisted his aid in ousting the chairman of his family's company by buying shares of the company. Whitney soon was Freeport's biggest shareholder, enabling Williams to sack the chairman and his management team.
  • 1932
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1930
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1929
    Age 24
    In the 1929 Grand National, his horse twisted a plate and was beaten by a nose at the finish.
    More Details Hide Details Although Whitney entered the Grand National annually, he never again came close to winning.
    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.
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  • 1928
    Age 23
    In 1928, he became the youngest member ever elected to The Jockey Club.
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  • 1926
    Age 21
    After graduating in 1926, Whitney went to Oxford University, but the death of his father necessitated his returning home.
    More Details Hide Details He inherited a trust fund of $20 million (approximately $210 million in 2005 dollars), and later inherited four times that amount from his mother. Whitney inherited his family's love of horses, a predilection he shared with his sister, Joan Whitney Payson. Jock and his sister ran Greentree Stables in the U.S., owned by their mother.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1904
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His father was Payne Whitney, and his grandfathers were William C. Whitney and John Hay, both presidential cabinet members. His mother was Helen Hay Whitney. The Whitneys' family mansion, Payne Whitney House on New York's Fifth Avenue, was around the corner from James B. Duke House, home of the founder of the American Tobacco Co. Whitney's uncle, Oliver Hazard Payne, a business partner of John D. Rockefeller, arranged the funding for Duke to buy out his competitors. Jock Whitney attended Yale College. He joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter), as his father had. Whitney, his father, grandfather, and great-uncle were oarsmen at Yale, and his father was captain of the crew in 1898. He was a member of Scroll and Key. While at Yale, he reputedly coined the term "crew cut" for the haircut that now bears the name.
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