Mary Flagler Cary

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Mary Flagler Cary
Mary Flagler

Known forPhilanthropy
Spouse(s)Melbert B. Cary, Jr.

Mary Flagler Cary (1901–1967) was heir to part of the Standard Oil fortune and became a notable philanthropist, mainly through the charitable trust established at her death.


She was the granddaughter of Henry Morrison Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil, and inherited 20,000 shares of Standard Oil from her father Harry Harkness Flagler[1] on his death in 1952 (valued then at $1,600,000). She had married Melbert Cary, who died in 1941.

Mrs Cary and her husband were significant collectors. Their main acquisitions were music manuscripts, playing cards, and the work of great printers. Mrs Cary also built a collection of trees on her large estate at Millbrook, New York (now the Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum).

The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust was established at her death. It has donated major collections as follows:

The Trust wound up its remaining work in 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harry Harkness Flagler on a local information website ("Dr Bronson and Friends") for City of St Augustine, FL accessed June 13, 2006
  2. ^