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Marjorie Merriweather Post

  • Birth 15 Mar 1887 Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 12 Sep 1973 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Rose Garden
  • Memorial ID 30631729

American socialite, heir to the Post cereal fortune, and wealthiest woman in America. Marjorie Merriweather Post was a businesswoman, collector, museum founder, and philanthropist. She was the only child of C.W. Post, founder of the Post Cereal empire. When Marjorie's father died in 1914, she became head of the $20 million cereal company that would later become the General Foods Corporation. This made her one of America's most successful businesswomen and the richest woman in the world. Marjorie's first husband, and father of her first 2 daughters, Edward Close, would remarry. One of his twin sons, from that second marriage, would be the father of actress Glenn Close. With her second husband, E.F. Hutton, she transformed the Post Cereal Company into General Foods. They had 1 child together, the actress Dina Merrill, nee Nedenia Marjorie Hutton. In the 1920s, Marjorie built her legendary Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago. In the 1930s, she accompanied her third husband, Joseph E. Davies, to the Soviet Union, where he served as ambassador. After divorcing Davies, she purchased the Hillwood estate in DC and became one of Washington's top hostesses.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Garver Graver
  • Added: 16 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30631729
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marjorie Merriweather Post (15 Mar 1887–12 Sep 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30631729, citing Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .