The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Shepard, Helen Miller

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SHEPARD, Helen Miller (Gould), American philanthropist: b. New York, 20 June 1868. She is a daughter of the late Jay Gould (q.v.), and has achieved an extended fame through her benefactions for charitable and educational uses. At the opening of the war with Spain she not only contributed $100,000 to the United States government, but was active in the Woman's National War Relief Association, to which she was a generous contributor. Among other notable gifts of hers are the library of New York University; $50,000 to the naval branch of the Young Men's Christian Association of Brooklyn; and $100,000 to New York University, for a Hall of Fame for Great Americans, in 1900. She married Finley Johnson Shepard 22 Jan. 1913; is a member of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation and of the national board Y. W. C. A.