John Cheever Cowdin
|J. Cheever Cowdin|
|Born||March 17, 1889
New York City, New York
|Died||September 16, 1960
New York City, New York
|Cause of death||heart attack|
|Occupation||Financier, polo player|
|Board member of||Standard Capital Corporation, Ideal Chemicals, Universal Pictures Corp., Curtiss-Wright, Aqueduct Racetrack|
|Spouse(s)||Florence Hopkins, Katherine McCutcheon Abbott, Katherine Andrea Parker Berens|
|Children||John Cheever Jr. (1913-1946)|
|Parent(s)||John Elliot Cowdin & Gertrude Cheever|
John Cheever Cowdin (March 17, 1889 - September 16, 1960) was an American financier and polo champion who was a head of Universal Pictures, Standard Capital Corporation of New York City, and was chairman of Ideal Chemicals.
In 1936, Cowdin's Standard Capital was part of the lending group who had to exercise their rights to the shares held as loan collateral of the financially strapped Universal Pictures Corp. from Carl Laemmle. Cowdin would serve as Universal's President and Chairman of its Board of Directors until 1946.
A director of Curtiss-Wright, Cowdin was considered a leader in aviation financing, notably associated with fellow financier George Newell Armsby in the investment house of Blair & Co., which merged with BancAmerica to form Bancamerica-Blair in 1931. Through Armsby, Cowdin was associated with aviation pioneer (and friend of Amelia Earhart) Floyd Odlum.
Cowdin served as chairman of the Committee on Government Finance of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Cowdin was married three times in the course of his life. He married his first wife, Florence Hopkins, in 1912; they divorced in 1926. Their union produced a son, John Cheever Cowdin, Jr. who in 1946 committed suicide at age 33 while in Nassau, Bahamas. According to the New York Times, Cowdin later married Katherine Andrea Parker Berens on December 30, 1941, in Yuma, Arizona. As a prominent American, the TIME magazine reported Cowdin's 1929 marriage to Manhattan socialite divorcee, Mrs. Katherine McCutcheon Abbott, in Bristol, Maine during a cruise on his yacht, Surf.
He died on September 16, 1960.
He was termed by Esquire Magazine not only one of the best-dressed men of his era, but "one of the Big Four of polo from the time of the great Tommy Hitchcock." The International Polo Club Palm Beach lists him on a 1927 team with W. Averell Harriman and Tommy Hitchcock. He also played in 1925
- "J. Cheever Cowdin Dies at 71. Ex-Head of Universal Pictures. Chairman of Ideal Chemicals Was Leader in Aviation Financing. Polo Player". New York Times. September 16, 1960. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
- New York Times - August 14, 1942
- New York Times - November 21, 1946
- Diana Gale Matthiesen. "Edward Whiting HOPKINS & Georgina Caroline SMITH & Helen Maria PIERSON". Dgmweb.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Article by the International Society for New Institutional Economics concerning Cowdin's actions as part of insider-trading history
- August 19, 1929 TIME Magazine marriage notice
- "The Art of Wearing Clothes" by George Francis Frazier, Jr., Esquire, Sept. 1960