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Peter Arrell Browne Widener

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: November 06, 1915 (80)
Elkins Park, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes Widener and Sarah Widener
Husband of Hannah Josephine Widener
Father of Harry Widener; George Dunton Widener, Sr. and Joseph Early Widener
Brother of George Widener and Margaret Widener

Occupation: Owned Railroad
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Peter Arrell Browne Widener

Peter Arrell Browne Widener (November 13, 1834 – November 6, 1915) was an American businessman, art collector, and head of the Widener family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Widener was ranked #29 on the American Heritage list of the forty richest Americans in history, with a net worth at death of $23 billion to $25 billion (in 1998 dollars).[2]

Early life

The son of a Philadelphia butcher, Widener was born on November 13, 1834, to Johannes Widener and Sarah Fulmer. He was named after Peter Arrell Browne (1782–1860),[3] a noted lawyer in 19th-century Philadelphia.[1]

Career

During the Civil War, Widener won a contract to supply mutton to all Union Army troops within 10 miles of Philadelphia.[2] The city was a major transportation hub for troop deployment, and the location of many of the largest Union military hospitals. Widener invested his $50,000 profit in horse-drawn city streetcar lines.[2] He grew to prominence in Philadelphia politics, and had become the City Treasurer by 1871.[1][4] In 1883, he was a founding partner in the Philadelphia Traction Company, which electrified the city's trolley lines, and expanded into other major cities in the United States.

He and his business partner, William L. Elkins, invested with businessmen such as Charles Tyson Yerkes, the streetcar czar of Chicago. Widener used the great wealth accumulated from public transportation to become a founding organizer of U.S. Steel and the American Tobacco Company, as well as to acquire substantial holdings in Standard Oil. He is considered to have been among the 100 wealthiest Americans, having left an enormous fortune.[5]

Personal

In 1858, he married Hannah Josephine Dunton (1836–1896), and they had three sons. His son George Dunton Widener (1861–1912) died aboard the RMS Titanic, while son Joseph Early Widener (1871–1943) was also a noted art collector.

P. A. B. Widener died at Lynnewood Hall at the age of 80 on November 6, 1915, after having suffered from poor health for three years.[6][1] After his death, his estate was valued at $31,589,353.[7] By 1945, the accumulated income plus the current value of the real and personal property totaled $98,368,058.[7]

Residences

In 1887, Widener built an ornate mansion (designed by Willis G. Hale) in Philadelphia, at the northwest corner of Broad Street and Girard Avenue. He vacated it 13 years later and donated it (as a memorial for his late wife) to the Free Library of Philadelphia, which used it as a branch library from 1900 to 1946. The building burned in 1980, and it was demolished.

In 1900, he completed Lynnewood Hall in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, a 110-room Georgian-style mansion designed by Horace Trumbauer. Widener was an avid art collector,[8] with a collection that included more than a dozen paintings by Rembrandt, as well as works by then-new artists Édouard Manet and Auguste Renoir.

Art collection

Widener amassed a significant art collection, that included works by Old Masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael and El Greco, British 18th- and 19th-century paintings, and works by French Impressionist artists such as Corot, Renoir, Degas and Manet.

About 1905, he purchased the crucifixion panel from Rogier van der Weyden's Crucifixion Diptych (c.1460) in Paris. The following year he sold it to John G. Johnson, who reunited the two halves and later donated them to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[9]

Widener's son Joseph donated more than 300 works—including paintings, sculpture, metalwork, stained glass, furniture, rugs, Chinese porcelains, and majolica—to the National Gallery of Art in 1942.[10]


Financier. One of the most successful businessmen in Philadelphia during his time, he owned monopolies like the New York and Philadelphia transit systems, the C&C Coal Company, and the Reading Railroad. He endowed Widener University in Philadelphia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Arrell_Brown_Widener


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From http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23321: Financier. One of the most successful businessmen in Philadelphia during his time, he owned monopolies like the New York and Philadelphia transit systems, the C&C Coal Company, and the Reading Railroad. He endowed Widener University in Philadelphia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Arrell_Brown_Widener

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 53 1,1174::518205

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Year: 1910; Census Place: Cheltenham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1377; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1375390 1,7884::25059819

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 53 1,1174::518205

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@R-1676687309@ U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 1,1174::0

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 53 1,1174::518205

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@R-1676687309@ U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 1,1174::0

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 53 1,1174::518205

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@R-1676687309@ 1910 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Operations Inc 1,7884::0

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Year: 1910; Census Place: Cheltenham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1377; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1375390 1,7884::25059819

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Peter Arrell Browne Widener's Timeline

1834
November 13, 1834
Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1859
1859
Philadelphia Ward 20 District 64, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1861
June 16, 1861
Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1872
August 19, 1872
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States
1908
February 1, 1908
Age 73
1910
1910
Age 75
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
1915
November 6, 1915
Age 80
Elkins Park, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
November 8, 1915
Age 80
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States