Glidden, or “G3” as he was affectionately called by friends, was a painter, muralist and cartoonist. He was also the chairman of the board of The National Art Museum of Sport based in Indianapolis, which he founded. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, he became a Fine Arts major at Harvard University where he studied under the late Professor Paul J. Sachs, head of the Fogg Art Museum.
At Harvard he was Captain of the Harvard Tennis Team 1936 and participated in the victorious Harvard-Yale team over Oxford-Cambridge in England 1935.and went on the win the Nationals 3 times retiring undefeated He was elected to the Harvard Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Squash Hall of Fame in 2000. He also had the honor of being asked to be the head Ibis of the famed “Lampoon” magazine, a humorous task that later inspired his famed Grogg cartoons.
After graduation, he spent 4 years at the Art Students League of New York (which included a European summer abroad). He studied life drawing with Arthur Lee, underpainting techniques with Alexander Abels and sculpture with Mahonri Young. Many of his early studies where taken from the old masters as shown in the Metropolitan Museum of New York, such as Titian, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.
During World war II, Glidden served with the US Navy as Recognition Officer of Carrier Aircraft Service Unit #32 based in Maui, Hawaii. There he established a training school which earned him commendations from both Navy and Army units. The school taught instant identification of airplanes and surface ships to pilots and air crewmen. He also taught an evening life drawing class at the Kahalui naval base.
Glidden married Anna Louise Escher from Englewood, New Jersey in 1928 . She helped Glidden launch a successful portrait career when they moved to Silvermine, Connecticut 1946. They have three daughters, Pamela, Christine and Dianna and today Christine owns the original homestead. He founded the “National Art Museum of Sport” now based in Indianapolis.