Hope Goddard Iselin

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Hope Goddard Iselin
Born January 17, 1868
Providence, Rhode Island[1]
Died April 1970
Aiken, South Carolina
Occupation Yachtswoman / Racehorse owner
Spouse(s) C. Oliver Iselin
Children William Goddard Iselin (1903-1909)
Edith Hope Iselin Jones
Parents Colonel William Goodard
Mary Edith Jenckes Goddard[2]

Edith Hope Goddard Iselin (January 17, 1868 – April 1970) was an American heiress and sportswoman who was the first woman to compete as a crew member in the America's Cup yacht race.[3][4] She also owned thoroughbred racehorses.

Hope Goddard was the daughter of Colonel William Goddard of Providence, Rhode Island, a chancellor of Brown University and a scion of a family that had accumulated great wealth from mercantile and manufacturing activities. In 1894, she married Charles Oliver Iselin, a banker and yachtsman.[5] At the time of her marriage, Hope Goddard was one of four prospective heirs to the Goddard family fortune, then estimated to be worth $30 million.[6]

In Aiken, South Carolina, the Iselins maintained a winter residence named "Hopelands" and organized the Aiken Hospital and Relief Society, which built and equipped Aiken's first hospital in 1917. Charles Oliver Iselin died in 1932. On her death in 1970, Hope Iselin bequeathed Hopelands Gardens, where the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located, to the city of Aiken.[7] There is a bust of Hope Goddard Iselin at Hopeland Gardens that was sculpted by Maria Kirby Smith.[3][8]


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