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Howard Gould (June 8, 1871 – September 13, 1959) was a financier and the son of Jay Gould.[1]

Howard Gould
Howard Gould (1871-1959) portrait.jpg
Born(1871-06-08)June 8, 1871
DiedSeptember 13, 1959(1959-09-13) (aged 88)
Partner(s)Odette Tyler (1894)



He was the son of Jay Gould (1836–1892) and Helen Day Miller (1838–1889).[1]

In 1894, Gould was engaged to marry actress Odette Tyler, but both of their families objected, and the engagement was broken.[2][3][4]

He married Katherine Clemmons (1861 – 1930) on October 12, 1898.[5] She was an actress whose career had been heavily subsidized by William F. Cody. They divorced in 1909 and Howard charged her with infidelity, naming Cody.[6] In spite of the allegations leveled at his wife in the divorce proceedings, Gould was ordered to pay $36,000 per year in alimony (approximately $1,004,000 today). It was the largest alimony settlement ordered up to that time.[7]

In 1937, he married the actress Grete Mosheim in London, having previously been a financier/producer on at least one of her London stage appearances. They divorced in 1947.[1]

Gould died on September 13, 1959, aged 88, at Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. He was buried in the Jay Gould Mausoleum, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York.[1]


Gould's yacht Niagara contained a Welte Philharmonic Organ.

Howard Gould purchased undeveloped land in Sands Point to build a new home for his wife, Katherine Clemmons. After Howard and Katherine separated in 1909, he continued to build the estate, using Hunt & Hunt to design an English Tudor style mansion. The 40 room house, one of the most elaborate of the Gold Coast of Long Island estates, is 225 feet (69 m) long and 125 feet (38 m) wide, with an 80-foot (24 m) tower. The first and second floors measure over 1 and 1/2 acres. Howard moved to Europe in 1917 and sold the estate to Daniel Guggenheim and his family. The estate, which had cost Gould over $1 million, sold for only $600,000, including the furnishing. Gould also owned a 272-foot (83 m) yacht, Niagara, where he installed in 1912 a Welte Philharmonic Organ.


  1. ^ a b c d "Howard Gould Dies Here At 88. Last Surviving Son Of Jay Gould, Rail Financier, Yachtsman, Auto Racer". The New York Times. September 15, 1959. Retrieved 2007-06-21. Howard Gould, last surviving son of Jay Gould, the railroad financier, died Sunday in Doctors Hospital. He was 88 years old. Although Mr. Gould's residence ...
  2. ^ "Opposed by Brothers and Sisters" New York Times (April 13, 1894): 9.
  3. ^ "Howard Gould May Marry Miss Tyler" New York Times (November 9, 1894): 12. via ProQuest
  4. ^ "Does Not Correspond with Gould" New York Times (June 2, 1894): 9. via ProQuest
  5. ^ "WED IN SECRET AND SAIL AWAY". The Chicago Daily Tribune. October 13, 1898.
  6. ^ "Sordid Troubles of the Rich". Covington Sun. April 16, 1908.
  7. ^ "Katherine Clemmons Drives Ten Miles at Night to Seek Aid of a Doctor" (PDF). New York Times. November 5, 1910. Retrieved 2010-06-21.

Further readingEdit

  • New York Times; October 13, 1898; pg. 01; "Howard Gould marries"
  • New York Times; May 13, 1907; pg. 06 "Mrs. Howard Gould sues for divorce"
  • New York Times; May 24, 1907; pg. 01 "Peabody confesses in Gould case"
  • New York Times; Jun 11, 1909; pg. 16 "Mrs. Howard Gould tells of marital woes"
  • New York Times; Jun 12, 1909; pg. 03 "Mrs. Gould's jaunts with Dustin Farnum"
  • New York Times; Dec 25, 1930; pg. 21 "Mrs. Howard Gould dies in Virginia"
  • New York Times; May 19, 1937; pg. 20 "Howard Gould, son of financier, weds"
  • New York Times; Jan 14, 1947; pg. 27 "Howard Gould Divorced"
  • The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill, Don Russell, p. 433 Howard Gould's divorce.