James Gordon Bennett
James Gordon Bennett, Jr. , was publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father, James Gordon Bennett, Sr..
Bennett was educated primarily in France. In 1866, the elder Bennett turned control of the Herald over to him. Bennett raised the paper's profile on the world stage when he provided the financial backing for the 1869 expedition by Henry Morton Stanley into Africa to find David Livingstone in exchange for the Herald having the exclusive account of Stanley's progess.
Bennett, as did many of his class, indulged in the "good life": yachts, opulent private railcars, and lavish mansions. He was the youngest Commodore ever of the New York Yacht Club. He served in the Navy during the Civil War, and in 1866, won the first trans-oceanic boat race.
However, he often scandalized society with his flamboyant and sometimes erratic behavior. In 1877, he left New York after an incident that ended his engagement to socialite Caroline May. According to various accounts, he arrived late and drunk to a party at the May family mansion, then urinated into a fireplace in full view of his hosts
Settling in Paris, he launched the International Herald Tribune. He backed George W. DeLong's voyage to the North Pole via the Bering Strait. The ill-fated expedition led to the starvation deaths of DeLong and 19 of his crew, a tragedy that only increased the paper's circulation.
He was a co-founder of the Commercial Cable Company, a venture to break the Transatlantic cable monopoly held by Jay Gould.
Bennett returned to the United States and organized the first polo match in the United States at Dickel's Riding Academy at 39th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. He would help found the Westchester Polo Club in 1876, the first polo club in America. He established the Gordon Bennett Cup for international yachting and the Gordon Bennett Cup for automobile races. In 1906, he funded a trophy for the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, which continues to this day. Bennett also offered a trophy for airplane racing.
He did not marry until 73 to the Baroness de Reuter, daughter of Paul Reuter, founder of Reuters news agency. He died on May 14, 1918 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Bennett is interred in Cimetière de Passy. The nearby Stade de Roland Garros, site of the French Open, is in the Avenue Gordon Bennett. After his death, the Herald was merged with its bitter rival, the New York Tribune.
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A friend of ours ( my brother Pat, Alan, and, I ) Michael McCormack , invited us to participate in this years Gordon Bennett Car Rally.
I must confess that I was not aware of this event and why it is held annually. The following information might help you understand the reasons.
First run from Paris to Lyons in 1900, this race was for a trophy provided by the newspaper owner James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald to help promote the motor industry. It was an open road race until 1903, when it was held on the Athy circuit in 1903. Bennett withdrew his sponsorship in 1905 , but the idea of Grand Prix racing was born.
( Bennett's controversial reputation has been thought to have inspired the phrase " GORDON BENNETT" as an expression of disbelief. )
Michael, Cliff, and John
It can be cold in the back of an open topped car Ask Pat !
Cliff and his wife Lynn Alan
Lynn John John and his wife Margaret Mary and Cliff ( Capt. Birdseye )
Michael and his wife Mary Tom and his wife Teresa
This lady owes me a drink
Well it was a long day
The next day John kindly gave Agnes and Mary ( Alan's relations ) a trip in one of his vintage cars.
On our way to Tullow to start the rally, we came across this crash . It would seem that it was safer to drive in days gone by.
( luckily no one was hurt in the accident )