Sun. Jul 21st, 2024
Our subject, the thrice-married Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, was born at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, RI.

Hammersmith Farm by Innapoy, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

S20E03: Hugh D. Auchincloss (Done & Dunne Crossover)

Some stories have so much trash it’s hard to know where to begin, but for scion of the Standard Oil fortune Hugh D. Auchincloss, it’s hard to know even where to stop. Auchincloss, about as blue blood as you can get, was married three times, and through that particular journey, ended up being step-father to the future Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwell, from his third marriage, as well as the writer Gore Vidal, via his second marriage. It’s this second marriage, to the former Nina Gore, that opened him to the later ponderings of step-son Gore Vidal, and his particularly poisonous pen. Get ready for a bit of a Forrest Gump journey through mid-20th century America, but in this case, a rich Forrest Gump with serious erectile dysfunction.

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Alicia’s Receipts

Palimpsest: A Memoir, by Gore Vidal (Amazon link)

Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, by J. Randy Taraborrelli (Amazon link)

Remember the Ladies: Socialite and mother to Gore Vidal | News | muskogeephoenix.com

Nina Gore Olds, 74, Socialite, Kin to U.S. Senator, Novelist – The Washington Post

A Letter from Gore Vidal: N.A. Straight Reflects on the Life and Lessons of Her Half-Brother | Vanity Fair

Remembering Gore Vidal | The Spectator

Nina Gore Vidal To File Suit For Divorce (newspapers.com)

Auchincloss Farm Sold For Kennedy Museum – The Washington Post

Hugh Auchincloss Sr., Stockbroker, Dead (nytimes.com, 1976)

Hugh “Yusha” Auchincloss III, Jackie Kennedy’s Step-Brother, Dies | Newport, RI Patch

Pieces of Hammersmith (newportri.com)

The Life and Literature of Gore Vidal | The New Yorker

Mrs. Vidal to Ask Divorce (nytimes.com, 1935)

Hugh Auchincloss Marries in Capital (nytimes.com, 1935)

Final Garden Day Held in Newport (nytimes.com, 1933)

Hugh D. Auchincloss Dies (nytimes.com, 1913)

Mrs. Auchincloss Newport Hostess (nytimes.com, 1937)

Newport Is Anticipating A Busy Social Summer (nytimes.com, 1963)

Sues H.D. Auchincloss; Wife Gets Decree in Reno With Custody Agreement (nytimes.com, 1941)

Gore Vidal Receives a Visitor (nytimes.com)



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