Business & Finance: Gentleman's Estate

In college Harry Payne Whitney once declared in a questionnaire that he could trace his ancestry "out of sight." To trace the fortune he left when he died in 1930 it was not necessary to go back farther than his father, William Collins Whitney, traction tycoon, Secretary of the Navy under Cleveland, who left him $24,000,000; and his uncle, Col. Oliver Hazard Payne, who left him about $12,000,000. Last week Harry Payne Whitney's fortune at the time of his death was appraised by New York State for tax collection purposes at $62,808,000 net. That...

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