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Howard Gould (June 8, 1871 -September 13, 1959) was a financier and the son of Jay Gould.
He was the son of Jay Gould (1836-1892) and Helen Day Miller (1838-1889). He married Katherine Clemmons (c1880-1930) on October 12, 1898. She was an actress whose career had been heavily subsidized by William F. Cody. They divorced in 1909 and Howard charged her with infidelity, naming Cody. In spite of the allegations leveled at his wife in the divorce proceedings, Gould was ordered to pay $36,000 per year in alimony. In 21st century dollars, the amount equates to approximately $900,000/year, and was said to have been the largest alimony settlement ordered up to that time.
Howard Gould purchased undeveloped land in Sands Point to build a new home for his wife, Katherine Clemmons. After Howard and Katherine separated in 1909, he continued to build the estate, using Hunt & Hunt to design an English Tudor style mansion. The 40 room house, one of the most elaborate of the Gold Coast estates, is 225 feet (69 m) long and 125 feet (38 m) wide, with an 80-foot (24 m) tower. The first and second floors measure over 1 and 1/2 acres. Howard moved to Europe in 1917 and sold the estate to Daniel Guggenheim and his family. The estate, which had cost Gould over $1 million, sold for only $600,000, including the furnishing. Gould also owned a 272-foot (83 m) yacht, Niagara, where he installed in 1912 a Welte Philharmonic Organ.