Gloria Gould

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Gloria Gould
Born 1906
Died August 16, 1943(1943-08-16) (aged 37)
Arizona, U.S.
Henry A. Bishop, Jr. (m. 1923–1928)

Walter McFarlane Barker (m. 1930-1943)
Children Gioia Bishop (1925-1990)
Parent(s) George Jay Gould I
Edith Kingdon
Relatives Jay Gould, grandfather

Gloria Gould (1906 – August 16, 1943) was the socialite daughter of industrialist heir George Jay Gould I.


She was born on March 3, 1906[1], the youngest daughter of George Jay Gould I. In 1923 she became engaged to Henry A. Bishop, Jr., of Bridgeport, Connecticut.[2] He was the son of Henry A. Bishop, Sr, who was the director of the Western Union Telegraph Co. Together Gloria and Henry had a daughter, Gloria Bishop.[3] In 1928 Gloria divorced her first husband and she married Walter McFarlane Barker in 1930.[4][5][6]


Gloria Gould drowned in the swimming pool of her home near Phoenix, Arizona in August 1943.[6][7]


  1. ^ "New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Gloria Gould, 03 Mar 1906; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference cn 12476 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,984,916.
  2. ^ "Engaged". Time. April 14, 1923. Miss Gloria Gould, 17, youngest daughter of George J. Gould, who is ill on the Riviera, to Mr. Henry A. Bishop, Jr., of Bridgeport, Conn., Yale student and son of Henry A. Bishop, director of the Western Union Telegraph Co. and other corporations. 
  3. ^ "Born". Time. March 23, 1925. To Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Bishop Jr. (Gloria Gould, granddaughter of the late Jay Gould), a daughter, Gioia (six and one half pounds); in Manhattan 
  4. ^ "Sued for Divorce". Time. September 10, 1928. Henry A. Bishop Jr., son of Henry Alfred Bishop (railroad, bank & telegraph tycoon) of Bridgeport, Conn.; by Mrs. Gloria Gould Bishop, daughter of the late George Jay Gould. She was married in 1923, aged 17, and has at various times since conducted a dance studio in Manhattan, made public appearances as hostess-manageress of the Embassy cinema house on Broadway. 
  5. ^ "Married". Time. February 13, 1930. Gloria Gould Bishop, daughter of the late capitalist George Jay Gould; and Walter McFarlane Barker of Chicago; in Manhattan. He is her second husband. They were married in the Domestic Relations Court by Judge Bernard J. Douras, father of cinema actress Marion Davies. 
  6. ^ a b "Died". Time. August 23, 1943. Retrieved 2008-06-07. Gloria Gould Bishop Barker, 37, glamor girl of the '20s; by drowning in her swimming pool; near Phoenix, Arizona. A granddaughter of Financier Jay Gould, daughter of Famed Stage Beauty Edith Kingdon Gould, she gave a dance recital at Carnegie Hall when she was 16. She married her first husband at 17, as a playfully ambitious young heiress. Served as a professional greeter at a Broadway movie house and otherwise attracted attention with interviews on marriage, motherhood and careers for women. She deserted society in 1930 after her second marriage, to contractor Walter McFarlane Barker 
  7. ^ "Gloria Gould Barker Is Drowned In Swim Pool at Arizona Home. Mrs. W.M. Barker Drowns In A Pool. Victim Of Accident." Associated Press in New York Times. August 16, 1943. Retrieved 2008-06-07. Mrs. Gloria Gould Barker, 37, a member of the prominent Gould family of New York, was drowned today in the swimming pool of her desert home ten miles east of here. 

Selected coverage in the New York Times[edit]

  • New York Times; April 10, 1929; page 33; "Edith Weed to wed Henry A. Bishop, Jr., ex-husband of the former Gloria Gould"
  • New York Times; February 7, 1930; page 21; "Mrs. Bishop wed to Barker"
  • New York Times; October 23, 1934; page 19; "Mr. Henry Bishop dies"
  • New York Times; August 16, 1943; page 01; "Gloria Gould Barker is drowned in swim pool at Arizona"
  • New York Times; August 11, 1948; page 22; "Barker is dead; member of staff of the Valley National in Phoenix husband of the late Gloria Gould"


  • 1895 Birth of Gloria Gould
  • 1923 Engaged to Henry A. Bishop II (c1890-1934) at age 17
  • 1925 Birth of Gioia Gould (1925-1990)
  • 1929 (circa) Divorce of Henry and Gloria in Reno, Nevada
  • 1929 Henry married Edith Weed
  • 1930 Gloria married Walter McFarlane Barker
  • 1934 Death of Henry Bishop
  • 1943 Death of Gloria Gould by drowning in Arizona
  • 1948 Death of Walter McFarlane Barker