George Willam Childs Drexel

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George Willam Childs Drexel

  • Birth 24 Jul 1868 Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 9 Sep 1944 Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot The Drexel Family Plot directly in front of the F.M. Drexel Mausoleum
  • Memorial ID 11378122

Banker. Philanthropist. Newspaper editor and publisher. He was the fourth son of Anthony Joseph Drexel. He was the owner and editor of the Philadelphia Public Ledger. The paper was Philadelphia's premier newspaper at the turn of the century. His namesake and godfather, George Washington Childs, had made the Ledger a newspaper that was famous for its responsible and documented investigations of war profiteering and monopolies. Before it was absorbed in 1942 by a rival, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Public Ledger was considered "the only newspaper any lady or gentleman should read" by Philadelphia society. As the death of his godfather's death in 1894, Drexel inherited Childs's estate, "Wooten" in Bryn Mawr. Drexel's yacht, the Alcedo, was pressed into service during World War I. It was torpedoed and sunk on November 5, 1917. He was married to Mary Stretch Irick.


Gravesite Details Editor of Philadelphia Public Ledger

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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 18 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11378122
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Willam Childs Drexel (24 Jul 1868–9 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11378122, citing Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .