Jay Gould II

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Jay Gould II
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Born(1888-09-01)September 1, 1888
DiedJanuary 26, 1935(1935-01-26) (aged 46)
OccupationTennis player
Spouse(s)Anne Douglass Graham
ChildrenJay Gould III
Parent(s)George Jay Gould I
Edith Kingdon
RelativesJay Gould, grandfather
George Gould II, brother
Olympic medal record
Men's jeu de paume
Representing the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Individual

Jay Gould II (September 1, 1888 – January 26, 1935) was an American real tennis player and a grandson of the railroad magnate Jay Gould. He was the world champion (1914–1916) and the Olympic gold medalist (London, 1908, then under the name jeu de paume). He held the U.S. Amateur Championship title continuously from 1906–1925, winning 18 times (no tournaments were held during the U.S. involvement in World War I).[1] During the same period, he never lost a set to an American amateur, and lost only one singles match, to English champion E.M. Baerlein.[2] The court built for him by his father at the family's Georgian Court estate was restored in 2005. Jay Gould II is the great-great-uncle of US Olympic cyclist Georgia Gould, who qualified to race in the London 2012 Olympiad.


He was born on September 1, 1888 to George Jay Gould I.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Anne Douglass Graham, a cousin of Princess Abigail Campbell Kawananakoa and a granddaughter of a Hawaiian chiefess, and had the following children:[3]

  • Eleanor Gould, born January 31, 1912, who married successively William N. Haskill III and Ludlow W. Stephens.[4]
  • Anne Douglass Gould, born March 5, 1913. She married and divorced Frank Spencer J. Meador, Herman H. Elsbury, Gus Wagoner, Ezra Wogoman, and Donald Valentine.
  • Jay Gould III (May 13, 1920 – May 11, 1987). He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Jennifer Beryl Bruce, the daughter of Nigel Bruce, in 1944 and divorced in 1946.[5][6][7][8] He next married Blair Roemer Stevens on November 27, 1948.[9] Gould married a third time on June 30, 1953 to Lina Romay, the singer and actress.[10][11]


He died on January 26, 1935, at Margaretville, New York. The cause of death was "hemorrhage of the esophagus brought on by a complexity of ailments."[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "United States Court Tennis Preservation Foundation, Trivia Corner". Archived from the original on July 18, 2006. Retrieved July 26, 2006.
  2. ^ Allison Danzig, The Racquet Game (Macmillan 1930), 66.
  3. ^ "The Princess Kawananakoa". The Colfax chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.) 1877-1981. Library of Congress. July 22, 1911. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  4. ^ She married Ludlow W. Stephens on December 26, 1934.
  5. ^ "Divorced". Time. June 17, 1946. Retrieved 2008-08-03. Jay Gould III, 26, great-grandson of the late railroad tycoon, still had a wife. Jennifer Bruce Gould, 21, daughter of Cinemactor Nigel Bruce, was refused a divorce by a Los Angeles judge who judged her complaints insufficient. Some of them: Husband Jay wouldn't let her dance or play tennis with anybody but him, didn't like her theatrical friends, demanded full-fashioned meals, and was too demonstrative in his public lovemaking.
  6. ^ "Married". Time. September 25, 1944. Retrieved 2008-08-03. Navy Air Forces Lieut. Jay Gould III, 24, great-grandson of the late great manipulator Jay Gould; and Jennifer Beryl Bruce, 19, daughter of veteran British character actor Nigel Bruce; in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  7. ^ "Divorced". Time. July 22, 1946. Retrieved 2008-08-03. Jay Gould III, 27, wartime AAFlyer, namesake and great-grandson of the Erie railroad tycoon; by Jennifer Bruce Gould, 21, pert, pretty daughter of Cinemactor Nigel Bruce; after nearly two years of marriage, one child; in Los Angeles.
  8. ^ "Wife of Jay Gould III Wins Divorce Decree". Los Angeles Times. July 9, 1946. Jay Gould III was accused of "indiscreetly" attending a party at a San Francisco hotel with another woman just three months after his marriage to actress ...
  9. ^ "Jay Gould 3rd Weds. Marries Mrs. Blair R. Stevens in Westwood, Calif., Church". New York Times. November 29, 1948. Retrieved 2008-08-03. Blair Roemer Stevens, were reported to be at Lake Arrowhead today after their marriage last evening in the village church ...
  10. ^ "Married". Time. July 13, 1953. Retrieved 2008-08-03. Jay Gould III, 32, namesake and great-grandson of the fabulous railroad financier; and Lina Romay, 29, dark-eyed songstress of stage (Michael Todd's Peep Show) and screen (The Man Behind the Gun); he for the third time, she for the second; in Los Angeles.
  11. ^ "Lina Romay Becomes Bride of Jay Gould III". Hartford Courant. July 2, 1953. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  12. ^ "Jay Gould Is Dead. Court Tennis Star. Grandson of the Financier Had Held Championship for Quarter of Century". New York Times. January 28, 1935. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Sportsman Succumbs in Up-State Hospital at 46. His Body Brought Here for Funeral.

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