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George Dunton Widener, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1889
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1971
Whitemarsh
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA

Businessman and thoroughbred racehorse owner. Mr. Widener was the son of George Dunton Widener Sr. (1861-1912) and Eleanor Elkins Widener Rice. He was the grandson of Peter A. B. Widener (1834-1915); an streetcar traction magnate; and William L. Elkins (1832-1903); an oil and steel financier. When George Widener was twenty-three, he lost both his father and brother aboard the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on April 15, 1912. Educated in private schools, Mr. Widener became interested in horse-breeding through the influence of his uncle, Joseph Widener, head of New York's Belmont Park. Over some fifty-years, Mr. Widener and his wife Jessie Sloane Widener, daughter of New York millionaire Henry T. Sloane, would win 1,243 horse races and over $9 million in purses. From 1960 to 1968 George Widener served as president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Mr. Widener also became the honorary chairman of the New York Racing Association, the Jockey Club, the National Museum of Racing, and served as chairman of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1962, Mr. Widener's horse Jaipur won the Belmont stakes. Mr. Widener spent winters at his residence near Philadelphia, Erdenheim Farm in the township of Whitemarsh, and spent summers in Saratoga, New York or at his residence in Newport, Rhode Island, 'Land's End'. Mr. Widener served on the board of numerous charities, museums and hospitals in Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. The Wideners were frequently seen at their box at Hialeah during the racing season, and were known for entertaining such luminaries as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Jessie Sloane Widener died in 1968, followed by her husband in 1971. George Widener's funeral service was held at St. Thomas Church, in Whitemarsh, near his Erdenheim Farm in Chestnut Hill, the site of a Revolutionary War battle between George Washington's troops and the British Army. (bio by: John Astor) 
 
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 Parents:
  George Dunton Widener (1861 - 1912)
  Eleanor Elkins Rice (1862 - 1937)
 
 Siblings:
  Harry Elkins Widener (1885 - 1912)*
  George Dunton Widener (1889 - 1971)
  Eleanor E. Widener Dixon (1891 - 1953)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section K, Lot 338, Widener Mausoleum
 
Created by: John Astor
Record added: Sep 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96352177
George Dunton Widener, Jr
Added by: John Astor
 
George Dunton Widener, Jr
Added by: John Astor
 
George Dunton Widener, Jr
Added by: John Astor
 
 
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- Kathy Ng
 Added: Jul. 9, 2015

- Janis•E
 Added: Oct. 12, 2014
Remembering George Widener Jr. today ~ As you appeared in the 1940's at a hotel in Chestnut Hill for lunch with friends, near your beloved farm!
- John Astor
 Added: Apr. 18, 2014
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