Gladys Mills Phipps ("First Lady of The Turf")

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Gladys Livingston Phipps (Mills)

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Staatsburg, Dutchess, NY, United States
Death: October 19, 1970 (87)
Westbury, Nassau, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ogden Mills and Ruth Mills
Wife of Henry Carnegie Phipps
Mother of Ogden Mills Phipps; Barbara Janney; Sonia "Sunny" Farrell and Audrey Holden
Sister of Beatrice Forbes, Countess of Granard and Ogden L. Mills, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

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About Gladys Mills Phipps ("First Lady of The Turf")

Profile photo: Gladys Mills Phipps and her husband Henry Carnegie Phipps

Gladys Livingston Mills Phipps (1883-1970) was an United States socialite, sportsperson, and a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder who began the Phipps family dynasty in American horse racing. She was known as the "first lady of the turf".


Born in New York, she was the daughter of Ruth Livingston and Ogden Mills (son of Darius Ogden Mills) and the sister of her twin, Beatrice, Countess Granard, and of Ogden Livingston Mills who served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury. In 1907 Gladys Mills married Henry Carnegie Phipps (1879-1953), son of the wealthy Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania businessman, Henry Phipps.

Although a sportswoman who was an avid ice skater and an excellent golfer who won a number of tournaments including a match play championship at the Newport, Rhode Island gold course in which she beat her male counterparts. She was, however, first and foremost a lover of horses. Her father had owned a racing stable in the United States and in France. Twin sister, Beatrice, would inherit the French stable and become a leading owner in that country. Gladys Phipps became involved in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in 1926 when she and her brother Ogden L. Mills established the highly successful Wheatley Stable. Her son Ogden (1908-2002) and daughter Barbara (1911-1987) both became involved in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Following her brother's death in 1937, Gladys Mills Phipps inherited her parent's mansion at Staatsburg, New York. In 1938, she gave the house and 192 acres (0.78 km2) to the State of New York.

Gladys Mills Phipps died on October 19, 1970 in Westbury, New York.

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Staatsburg, Dutchess, NY, United States
Age 25
Age 28
Age 36
October 19, 1970
Age 87
Westbury, Nassau, NY, United States