Hugh D. Auchincloss

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Hugh D. Auchincloss
Born Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr.
(1897-08-15)August 15, 1897
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died November 20, 1976(1976-11-20) (aged 79)
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx)
Education Yale University
Occupation American stockbroker, lawyer
Spouse(s) Maya de Chrapovitsky
(m. 1925–32)
Nina S. Gore
(m. 1935–41)
Janet Lee Bouvier
(m. 1942; his death 1976)
Children Hugh Dudley Auchincloss III
Nina Gore Auchincloss
Thomas Gore Auchincloss
Janet Jennings Auchincloss
James Lee Auchincloss
Parent(s) Hugh Dudley Auchincloss
Emma Brewster Jennings
Relatives Edgar Stirling Auchincloss and John Winthrop Auchincloss (paternal uncles)
James C. Auchincloss (paternal cousin)
Hugh Auchincloss Steers and Burr Steers (grandsons)

Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. (August 15, 1897 – November 20, 1976) was an American stockbroker and lawyer who became the second husband of Nina Gore, mother of Gore Vidal, and also the second husband of Janet Lee Bouvier, the mother of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (wife of President John F. Kennedy) and Caroline Lee Bouvier.

Life and career

Auchincloss was born at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island. He was the son of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Sr. (1858–1913), a merchant and financier, and Emma Brewster Jennings, daughter of Oliver Burr Jennings and Esther Judson Goodsell. His uncles were Edgar Stirling Auchincloss (father of James C. Auchincloss) and John Winthrop Auchincloss (grandfather of Louis Auchincloss).[1][2] He had two older sisters, Esther Judson Auchincloss and Ann Burr Auchincloss. His father was the youngest brother of Edgar Stirling Auchincloss, making Hugh the nephew of Edgar Stirling Auchincloss and cousin of politician James C. Auchincloss.

Auchincloss graduated in 1920 from Yale University, where he was elected to the Elihu Senior Society. He earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1924. Auchincloss served in the United States Navy during World War I.

Auchincloss had been a special agent with the Commerce Department before joining the State Department as an aviation specialist in 1927. Four years later, he resigned government service and used some of the enormous inheritance from his mother to found the Washington brokerage firm of Auchincloss, Parker & Redpath.

Auchincloss' former residence in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

His first marriage, from June 4, 1925, to 1932, was to Maya de Chrapovitsky, a Russian noblewoman. They had one child, Hugh Dudley "Yusha" Auchincloss III (1927–2015). His second marriage, from 1935 to 1941, was to Nina S. Gore (1903–1978), daughter of Thomas Gore and mother of author Gore Vidal. They had two children, Nina Gore Auchincloss (born 1935) and Thomas Gore Auchincloss (born 1937). On June 21, 1942, he married Janet Lee Bouvier, who was already mother of future First Lady Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier and Caroline Lee Bouvier. They had two children, Janet Jennings Auchincloss (1945–1985) and James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947).

He worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence and the War Department during World War II. He was commissioned with the rank of lieutenant in the Naval Reserve on May 26, 1942. [3]

Auchincloss was responsible for getting Jacqueline Bouvier her first job in journalism at the Washington Times-Herald. He gave her away at her wedding to future president John F. Kennedy, the reception of which was held at Hammersmith Farm on September 12, 1953. A long-time financial contributor to the Republican Party, he contributed to the campaign of his Democratic stepson-in-law, saying "I want to live in harmony with Mrs. Auchincloss and all the other members of the family."


  1. Birmingham, Stephen (1968). The Right People. Little, Brown. p. 326.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Buck, Albert H. (1909). The Bucks of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Stone Printing and Manufacturing Co. pp. 120–3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Register of Officers of the Naval Reserve. 1944. pg. 38.