Washington Merritt Grant Singer

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Washington Merritt Grant Singer

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Birthplace: Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Devon, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Merritt Singer and Isabella Eugenie Singer
Husband of Blanche Emmeline Singer and Daphne Helen Singer
Father of Grant Singer (adopted)
Brother of Winnaretta Eugénie Singer; Paris Eugene Singer; Isabelle Blanche Singer; Franklin Merritt Morse Singer and Sir Mortimer Singer
Half brother of William Singer; Lillian Singer; Isaac Augustus Singer; Vouletti Theresa Proctor; Unknown Matthews and 4 others

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About Washington Merritt Grant Singer

English philanthropist and prominent racehorse owner Washington Merritt Grant Singer worn in Yonkers, New York he was the third child of Isabella Eugenie Boyer and sewing machine magnate, Isaac Singer. The family moved to England when Washington Singer was still a child. He was raised at Oldway Mansion at Paignton on the Devon coast.

He married Daphne Helen Travers and they adopted a son, Grant Allen Singer (1915-1942). He and his wife lived at Steartfield House and built a stable at the junction of Manor Road and old Torquay Road. A Thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast, Singer won the 1905 St. Leger Stakes with the colt Challacombe, trained by Alec Taylor, Jr. and the 1932 2,000 Guineas with Orwell. The Washington Singer Stakes race at Newbury Racecourse is named in his honour.

In 1906, Singer purchased Norman Court, a 20,000-acre (81 km2) estate in Wiltshire that included the villages of West Dean in Wiltshire and West Tytherley in Hampshire and the parishes of Buckholt and Frenchmoor and parts of Farley and Pitton. The estate was bequeathed to his son Grant Singer but he was killed in action during World War II at the 1942 Second Battle of El Alamein while serving with the Royal Armoured Corps, 10th Royal Hussars. Sold by his widow, in 1952 it became the private Norman Court Preparatory School.

Washington Singer became a benefactor of a number of different causes and was a substantial donor to the University College of the southwest of England, which later became the University of Exeter. One of the university's buildings, which is home to the Department of Psychology, is named in his honour.

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Washington Merritt Grant Singer's Timeline

1866
June 4, 1866
Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, United States
1915
1915
Age 48
1934
February 11, 1934
Age 67
Devon, England UK
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