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Oliver Gould Jennings

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: October 13, 1936 (71)
New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Oliver Burr Jennings and Esther Judson Jennings
Husband of Mary Dows Jennings
Father of Brewster Jennings and Lawrence Kirktland Jennings
Brother of Annie Burr Jennings; Walter Jennings; Helen Goodsell JENNINGS and Emma Brewster Jennings
Half brother of Abraham Gould Jennings

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About Oliver Gould Jennings

Oliver Gould Jennings was a financier. He served in Connecticut House of Representatives. He was on the boards of Bethlehem Steel, United States Industrial Alcohol Company, McKesson & Robbins, Kingsport Press, Signature Company, National Fuel Gas, and Grocery Store Products.


He was born on April 27, 1865 in New York City to Oliver Burr Jennings. He died on October 13, 1936. His funeral was held at St. James Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut with Rev. H. W. B. Donegan presiding. His widow died in 1964.

He was an 1887 initiate into Yale's Skull and Bones Society.


Obit ( from Yale )

Oliver Gould Jennings, B.A. 1887. Born April 27,1865, in New York City. Died October 13, 1936, in New York City. Father, Oliver Burr' Jennings, member of firm of Jennings & Brewster, drygoods merchants in San Francisco, Calif., and a founder and trustee of the original Standard Oil Company; son of Abraham Gould and Anna (Burr) Jennings of Fairfield, Conn. Mother, Esther Judson (Goodsell) Jennings; daughter of David Judson and Ellea (O'Brien) Goodsell of New York City. Yale relatives include: Lewis B. Jennings (B.A. 1847) (uncle); Oliver B. Jennings, '17, Oliver B. James,

  • i8, and Hugh D. Auchincloss, *2o (nephews); Charles B. Jennings, '87,

William G. Rockefeller, '91, Percy A. Rockefeller, *oo (first cousins). Phillips-Andover. President '87 Football Club Freshman and Sophomore years; member Yale Yacht Club, Eta Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and Skull and Bones. Attended Columbia University Law School 1887-89 (LL.B. 1889); maintained a business office in New York City 1890-1936; engaged chiefly in care of the Jennings estate; vice-president Penfield Keef Corporation, Fairfield, 1920-36; director of several companies, including American Trading Company (vice-president 1902-15), Bethlehem Steel Corporation, McKesson and Robbins, Inc., National Fuel Gas Company, Bridgeport City Trust Company, Kingsport Press, and United States Industrial Alcohol Company; president of board of Fairfield Trust Company 1900-23, and chairman 1923-36; founder of the Stable Money Association; secretary Metropolitan Club of New York 1926-35 and a governor until his death; trustee American Museum of Natural History 1927-36; president board of directors Babies' Hospital, New York City, 1901-06, and vice-president 1907-33; presidential elector from Connecticut 1920; chairman Republican Town Committee, Fairfield, 1922-24 (a member 1915-34); member Connecticut House of Representatives 1923; on Fairfield Tale College 43 Board of Finance from organisation October, 1918, and chairman since February 10, 1925; a corporator and director Fairfield Memorial Library from incorporation January 8, 1898, and president since July 30,1903; one of five charter members (1902) and member of executive committee Fairfield Historical Society (president since 1928); a director Oak Lawn Cemetery Association from December, 1893, president January, 1930-April, 1931, and since vice-president; creator Country Club of Fairfield 1920, president 1920-35, a governor and honorary president 1935-36; a governor Newport Country Club, director Newport Casino, and a member Newport Chamber of Commerce; member of board Phillips-Andover Alumni Fund since its founding (1906), and chairman 1915-34; maintained residences in Fairfield, New York City, and Newport; vestryman St. James Protestant Episcopal Church, New York City and St. Paul's Church, Fairfield. Married December 16,1896, in New York City, Mary Dows, daughter of Benjamin and Elmina (Dows) Brewster, and sister of George S. Brewster, '91, and Robert S. Brewster, '97. Children: Benjamin Brewster, '20, and Lawrence Kirtland, ex-16. Death due to bronchial pneumonia. Buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Survived by wife, sons, and three sisters, Miss Annie Burr Jennings of Fairfield, Mrs. Helen J. James, the widow- of Walter B. James, '79, and Mrs. Emma J. Auchincloss, the widow of Hugh D.

  • Auchincloss, '79, of New York City. His brother, Walter Jennings, '80,

died in 1933.

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Oliver Gould Jennings's Timeline

April 27, 1865
New York, New York, United States
June 9, 1898
Age 33
December 12, 1903
Age 38
October 13, 1936
Age 71
New York, New York, United States
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States