Helen Gould (1868 - 1938)

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Birthplace: New York, New York, NY, USA
Death: Died in Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Managed by: Bob Wainwright
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Helen Miller Gould Shepard Born Helen Miller Gould June 20, 1868 Manhattan Died December 21, 1938 Roxbury, New York Occupation Socialite Spouse Finlay Johnson Shepard (1867-1942) Parents Jay Gould Helen Day Miller (1838-1889) Relatives George Jay Gould I, brother Edwin Gould I, brother Anna Gould, sister Frank Jay Gould, brother

Helen Miller Gould Shepard (June 20, 1868 – December 21, 1938) was an American philanthropist born in Manhattan in New York City.[1] Contents

   1 Birth
   2 Marriage
   3 American Bible Society
   4 Philanthropy
   5 Golf Course
   6 Death
   7 References

Birth

Born as Helen Miller Gould she was the first born daughter of Jay Gould and Helen Day Miller (1838-1889).[1] Her sister Anna Gould was another prominent heiress.[2] Marriage

She attended New York University School of Law, and she married Finley Johnson Shepard (1867-1942) on January 22, 1913.[3][4][5]

They adopted three children, Finley Jay, named for Finley Johnson Shepard and Jay Gould, and Olivia, named for Helen's dear friend Mrs. Russell Sage, and Helen Anna, named for Helen and her sister, Anna and had one foster child, Louis Seton. The first of the adopted children, Finley Jay Shepard, was a three-year-old abandoned child who was found on the steps of Manhattan's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1914. They later adopted two daughters, Margaret and Dorothy, of her brother Frank Gould.[6] American Bible Society

In 1918 she and Emma Baker Kennedy (c1833-1930) became the first female vice presidents of the American Bible Society. Philanthropy

At the commencement of the Spanish-American War, she donated US$100,000 to the United States government in support of the war. She gave an additional US$50,000 toward military hospital supplies and was active in the Women's National War Relief Association,[5] working in a hospital for wounded soldiers. She donated the library building at New York University and began the Hall of Fame. She gave US$10,000 for the engineering school. She gave additional contributions to Rutgers College. Both the YMCA and the YWCA benefited from her contributions, as well as other organizations. She was a member of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation and of the national board of the YWCA.[5] Golf Course

She purchased Shepard Hills in Roxbury, New York including Kirkside Lake. The facility originally produced ice for the Roxbury in the winter months and the lake was used for recreation for the community in the summer months. Construction of the 9 hole golf course began around 1916 and upon completion served her estate.[1] Death

She died on December 21, 1938 and was buried in the family mausoleum on December 23, 1938.[7][8]

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Helen Gould's Timeline

1868
June 20, 1868
New York, New York, NY, USA
1938
December 21, 1938
Age 70
Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
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