Biographical / Historical
Mary Churchill Humphrey was born August 21, 1887 in New Albany, Indiana to Alexander Pope Humphrey (1848-1928) and Mary Moss Churchill Humphrey (1848-1926). The following year the family moved to Glenview, Kentucky and occupied the Fincastle Club, eventually renovating and purchasing the property in 1906. According to Nanine Hilliard Greene (Book 6) the Humphreys had five children: Ethel, Mrs. Edward P. Mellon, (b. 1880), Edward (1881-1886), Alexander Pope, Jr. (1883-1917), Churchill (b. 1885-1970]), and Mary Churchill “Poppy “ (1887-1972). Alexander Pope Jr. died in an airplane accident while training for World War I.
In 1916 the Humphreys built a residence, “Redflower Cottage” for their daughter on the estate. Mary Churchill Humphrey also had a residence in Paris at 17 rue du Cherche Midi. Mary Churchill Humphrey was a philanthropist, humanitarian and patron of the arts. During World War II she served on committees providing relief for refugees of Alsace-Lorraine. In 1948 she established the Humphrey Centenary Scholarship at the University of Louisville. The scholarship, given in memory of her parents who were charter members of the English Speaking Union, allows a University of Louisville student or faculty member to spend a year at an English university. Mary Churchill Humphrey died August 18, 1972 and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.