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Eustis, Dorothy Harrison (30 May 1886–08 September 1946), philanthropist to the blind, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Custis Harrison, an educator and businessman, and Ellen Nixon Waln. Born into a socially prominent Philadelphia family, Dorothy Harrison attended the Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia and the Rathgowrie School in Eastbourne, England. In 1906 she married a considerably older man, Walter Abbott Wood, Jr., a former New York State senator; they had two sons. Residing on a large estate in Hoosick Falls, New York, she and her husband conducted a series of selective cattle breeding experiments aimed at increasing milk productivity....

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Markey, Lucille Parker Wright (11 December 1888–24 July 1982), thoroughbred breeder, stable owner, and philanthropist, was born in Tolesboro, Kentucky, the daughter of John Winslow Parker, a wealthy tobacco grower, and Belle Owens. Little is known about her life before 1919, when she married Warren Wright, the president of his family’s Calumet Baking Powder Company. A few years later Markey and her husband arrived at Calumet Farm, a trotting horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, which was established by Wright’s father. She would be intimately involved with Calumet Farm the rest of her life....

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Sloane, Isabel Cleves Dodge (26 February 1896–09 March 1962), race horse and dog owner and breeder, was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John Francis Dodge, an auto manufacturer, and Ivy S. Hawkins. Sloane attended the Liggett School in Grosse Point, Michigan, from which she graduated in 1913. Her father died in 1920 and she inherited $7 million of his $40 million estate, which was divided among her four siblings. On 28 February 1921 she married securities broker George Sloane....

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Whitney, Helen Hay (11 March 1876–24 September 1944), sportswoman and philanthropist, was born in New York City, the daughter of John Hay, secretary of state to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt and ambassador to Great Britain, and Clara Louise Stone. Helen attended the elite Miss Masters’ School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. After her graduation from this school, she wrote several volumes of poetry, including ...