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John "Jay" Shaffer Phipps

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: May 12, 1958 (83)
Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Phipps, Jr. and Anne Childs Phipps
Husband of Margarita Celia Phipps
Father of Hubert Beaumont Phipps; Margaret "Peggie" Helen Bœgner; Michael Grace Phipps and John H. H. "Ben" Phipps
Brother of Helen Margaret Martin; Amy Guest; Henry Carnegie Phipps and Howard Phipps Phipps

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About John "Jay" Phipps

John Shaffer Phipps (1874 - May 12, 1958) was an American lawyer and businessman who was an heir to the Phipps family fortune and a shareholder of his father-in-law's Grace Shipping Lines. He was a director of the Hanover Bank, U.S. Steel Corp. and W. R. Grace & Co.


Known as "Jay", he was born in 1874 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Henry Phipps.

On November 4, 1903 he married Margarita Celia Grace at Battle Abbey in Battle, East Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Michael P. Grace and niece of William Russell Grace, Irish immigrants who became very successful in business. John and Margarita had four children. They were: John Henry Phipps, Michael Grace Phipps, Hubert Beaumont Phipps, and Margaret Helen Phipps who married J. Gordon Douglas, Jr.

John amassed almost 2,500 acres (10 km2) of rolling Virginia farm lands in The Plains, Virginia including Brenton, an 1889 stone manor house. A polo player and Thoroughbred racehorse owner, the property assembled from 1928 onwards would be the site of his Rockburn Stud farm. Upon his death in 1957 it passed to son, Hubert.

Phipps purchased an old 160-acre (0.65 km2) Quaker farm on Long Island where he built a large mansion with magnificent gardens that following his death was became a non-profit organization that today is known as Westbury House & Gardens and is open to the public. In the 1920s he purchased a several large properties in West Palm Beach, Florida including one that was once used as a pineapple plantation. He subdivided the property and turned it into the three largest subdivisions containing luxury residential homes in what is now the El Cid Historic District. John Phipps built a home for himself he called "Casa Bendita." A large oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, it was designed in 1921 by architect Addison Mizner. Today, the property is occupied by his granddaughter, Susan Phipps Cochran, and her husband.

He died on April 27, 1958 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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August 11, 1874
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 29
November 17, 1906
Age 32
New York, New York County, New York, United States
Age 31
January 10, 1910
Age 35
May 12, 1958
Age 83
Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States