Percy R. Pyne

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Percy Rivington Pyne II
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Born (1857-05-05)May 5, 1857
New York City
Died August 22, 1929(1929-08-22) (aged 72)
Parents Percy Rivington Pyne I
Albertina Shelton Taylor

Percy Rivington Pyne II (May 5, 1857 – August 22, 1929) was a banker, financier, and philanthropist.


He was born on May 5, 1857 in New York City, the son of Percy Rivington Pyne I (1820-1895) and Albertina Shelton Taylor. His maternal grandfather was Moses Taylor, founder of the First National City Bank of New York and a stockholder in the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. His older brother, Moses Taylor Pyne, inherited much of the family fortune and was a major benefactor of Princeton University.[1]

Pyne received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1878 and an M.A. degree in 1881. On June 20, 1889, he married Maud Howland (b. May 17, 1866), daughter of New York merchant Gardiner Greene Howland.[2] Maud's brother Dulany Howland married Marguerite McClure, who later remarried Ogden Haggerty Hammond, the father of Millicent Fenwick.[3]

He began his business career under the tutelage of Moses Taylor, serving as a partner in the firm of Moses Taylor & Co. He would follow in his grandfather's footsteps, becoming director of the National City Bank as well as manager of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.[1][2] Pyne also served as treasurer of the New York Zoological Society from 1903 to 1922.

In New York City, Pyne and his family lived at 680 Park Avenue at the corner of East 68th Street, now home to the Americas Society.[4] In 1899, he built the mansion Upton Pyne in Bernardsville, New Jersey as a summer home. It was named after Upton Pyne in Devon, England, his family's ancestral manor. It was the largest mansion in the area until it was torn down by his daughter 1982.[5]

Percy and Maud Pyne had five children: Grafton Howland Pyne (b. August 11, 1890), Herbert Rivington Pyne (b. January 16, 1892), Mary Percy Pyne (b. November 27, 1893), Percy Rivington Pyne Jr. (b. November 9, 1896), and Meredith Howland Pyne (b. October 5, 1898).[2]

Pyne died at his Bernardsville home on August 22, 1929 at the age of 72.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Percy R. Pyne Dies. Noted Financier. Philanthropist Succumbs at His Summer Home in Bernardsville, N.J., at 72 Years. Bank And Rail Official. He Was Long Active in Many New York Charities and Interested in Explorations. A Native of New York City. Active in Scientific Research". The New York Times. August 23, 1929. Retrieved 2012-09-15. Percy R. Pyne, philanthropist, railroad official, financier and member of a prominent New York family, died here early this morning at his Summer home, Upton Pyne. 
  2. ^ a b c Reynolds, Cuyler. Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley, Vol. 3 (1914), pp. 1413-14.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Amy. Millicent Fenwick: Her Way (2003), p. 30.
  4. ^ Americas Society, New York Architecture Images.
  5. ^ Schleicher, William A. and Susan Winter. In the Somerset Hills: The Landed Gentry. Arcadia, 1997, p. 43.