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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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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 ...

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Whitney, John Hay (17 August 1904–08 February 1982), financier, philanthropist, and sportsman, was born in Ellsworth, Maine, the son of Payne Whitney, a capitalist and philanthropist, and Helen Hay Whitney, at the time a poet. “Jock” Whitney graduated from Yale in 1926 and studied history and literature at Oxford for one year. His father’s death in 1927 brought him home to assume control over the Whitney business interests in oil, tobacco, street railways, and real estate, worth cumulatively almost $179 million....

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Widener, George Dunton, Jr. (11 March 1889–08 December 1971), horseman and philanthropist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of George Dunton Widener, a financier, and Eleanore Elkins. An heir to the family fortune amassed by his grandfather, Widener received most of his education privately from tutors and at the Delancy School in Philadelphia. He did not attend college. He married the former Mrs. Earl (Jessie Sloan) Dodge in March 1917; they had no children....