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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt WhitneyAKA Gertrude Vanderbilt

Born: 9-Jan-1875
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 18-Apr-1942
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Artist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Whitney Museum of American Art

Great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Once sued to gain custody of Gloria Vanderbilt from the ten-year-old girl's mother, who was allegedly involved in a lesbian relationship. In 1930, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art spurned her donation causing her to found the Whitney Museum of American Art one year later. She died from bacterial endocarditis in 1942.

Father: Cornelius Vanderbilt II (b. 1843, d. 1899)
Mother: Alice Claypool Gwynne (b. 1852, d. 1934)
Husband: Harry Payne Whitney (b. 1872, d. 1930)
Daughter: Flora Whitney-Miller (head of the Whitney Museum)
Son: Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
Daughter: Barbara

    Whitney Museum of American Art Founder, 1931
    Vanderbilt Family
    Whitney Family by marriage


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