George Jay Gould I

George Jay Gould I

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 16 May 1923 (aged 59)
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Lake View Plot, Sections 60 & 73, Gould Mausoleum
Memorial ID 7788590 · View Source
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George Jay Gould I (1864-1923) was a financier and the son of Jay Gould. (b. February 06, 1864, New York City, New York, USA - d. May 16, 1923, Riviera, France)

Son of Jay Gould (1836-1892) and Helen Day Miller (1838-1889).

Edith M. Kingdon (1864-1921) and later Guinevere Jeanne Sinclair.

With Edith he had the following children: Kingdon Gould, Sr. (1887-1945) who married Annunziata Camilla Maria Lucci (1890-1961); Jay Gould II (1888-1935) who was a tennis player and who married Anne Douglass Graham; Marjorie Gould (1891-1955) who married Anthony Joseph Drexel II; Helen Vivien Gould (1893-1931) who married John Graham Hope DeLaPoer Horsley Beresford (1866-1945); George Jay Gould II (1896-?) who married Laura Carter; Gloria Gould (1895-1943) who married Henry A. Bishop II, and after a divorce married Walter McFarlane Barker; Edith Catherine Gould (1900-1937) who married Carroll Livingston Wainwright I (1899-1967) and after a divorce married Sir Hector Murray MacNeal.

George Gould also had a mistress, Guinevere Jeanne Sinclair, and had the following children with her: Jane Sinclair Gould; and George Sinclair Gould. These children were given the Gould name at the death of Edith Kingdon Gould in 1921.

David Patrick Columbia writes in his NewYorkSocialDiary website: "George J. Gould was the eldest son of the wily and ruthless financier and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. As a young man he fell in love with an actress named Edith Kingdon, much to the dismay of his mother who, like many in those days, regarded actresses as one step up from prostitutes. Father approved, however, and they married, honeymooning on the family's 230-foot yacht, the Atalanta. Edith Gould turned out to be clever in working the family into the society that denied position to her in-laws. This prompted father-in-law to gift the couple with their own mansion at 857 Fifth (67th Street). After the elder Gould's death, George and Edith, now ensconced in their own Fifth Avenue mansion, were even invited to Mrs. Astor's balls. In 1906, now with seven children, the Goulds decided to demolish the house and hired Trumbauer to build them a bigger house on the same site. The family used the house during the New York social season until 1921 when Mrs. Gould died of a heart attack on their private golf course of their estate Georgian Court in Lakewood, New Jersey. Doctors discovered that she'd encased her body completely in rubber from ankle to neck in an effort to maintain or regain her youthful figure. After Mrs. Gould's death, Mr. Gould married his mistress of eleven years, and acknowledged his three illegitimate children by her. This caused more than a little family dissension amongst the seven surviving 'legitimate' Gould children. However, shortly thereafter, in 1923, Gould died of pneumonia on the French Riviera. Harry Payne Whitney bought 857 Fifth for his mother-in-law, Alice Vanderbilt, who had given up her huge palace on the block of Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th Street (where Van Cleef and Bergdorf's stand today). Mrs. Vanderbilt lived there until her death in 1951. It was inherited by her granddaughter Countess Lazlo Szechenyi, who sold it to the Institute of International Education. A few years later it was sold again, demolished, and replaced by an apartment building, No. 1 East 67 Street." He built a mansion in Lakewood New Jersey and called it Georgian Court Estate. This description is from "Georgian Court, An Estate of The Gilded Age" by Sister M. Christina Geis: "The health benefits of Lakewood, New Jersey enticed George Jay Gould, son of railroad magnate Jay Gould, to build Georgian Court in 1896. The construction began ten years after his marriage to a lovely young actress named Edith Kingdon. Edith and George Gould believed Lakewood would be an ideal spot in which to rear their two sons and four daughters. George Gould engaged the famous New York architect, Bruce Price, to transform his newly purchased property into a lavish country estate. He had in mind something on the order of the great estates in England and Scotland, the comforts of which he had often enjoyed. Price drew upon his extensive experience in designing country homes. The two men soon agreed upon the style of an English estate of the Georgian period, which would substitute a gracious order for the wild terrain. Consequently, the name Georgian Court seemed appropriate. After George Gould's death, his heirs decided to sell the estate to the Sisters of Mercy. The Gould family could not have imagined the delight that the beauty of Georgian Court and its myriad treasures would afford an endless stream of visitors. The splendor of the Gilded Age has influenced and nurtured graduates of Georgian Court College since 1924, continuing the marvelous legacy of George Jay Gould."


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