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Helen Hay Whitney
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1875
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1944
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Sportswoman, Poet, Socialite. She was one of the wealthiest women in the United States. She managed the Greentree Stable known for its pink and black racing silks and was known as the First Lady of the Turf. She also managed the stables of her son, John Hay Whitney and her daughter, Joan Whitney Payson. She was the author of 12 books of poetry including Herbs and Apples, The Bed-Time Book, Gypsy Verses, Songs and Sonnets, The Rose of Dawn and Some Verses.

She was born in New York the daughter of John Hay, Secretary of State in the administration of President McKinley. When her father became Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London, she accompanied him and was presented at court. Her debut was in Washington, D.C. She married Payne Whitney in 1902. When her husband died in 1927, he left an estate valued at over $200 million.

She was the first female owner of two Kentucky Derby winners. The first was Twenty Grand who won in 1931 and Shut Out in 1942. Shut Out also won the Belmont Stakes, Arlington Classic Travers, Yankee Handicap and Empire City Handicap. In 1938, the Thoroughbred Club of America gave her the first life membership ever presented to a woman.

She died in a New York hospital on Sunday, September 24, 1944, of a heart ailment at the age of 68 years. Funeral services were held at Manhasset, Long Island.
Source: The Times-Picayune, Monday, September 25, 1944. 
Family links: 
  John Milton Hay (1838 - 1905)
  Clara Stone Hay (1849 - 1914)
  Payne Whitney (1876 - 1927)*
  Joan Whitney Payson (1903 - 1975)*
  John Hay Whitney (1904 - 1982)*
  Helen Hay Whitney (1875 - 1944)
  Adelbert Stone Hay (1876 - 1901)*
  Alice Evelyn Hay Boyd (1880 - 1960)*
  Clarence Leonard Hay (1884 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship
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Christ Church Cemetery
Nassau County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jul 20, 2009
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Helen <i>Hay</i> Whitney
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