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Philanthropist, Industrialist, Businessman

AmericanBorn Joseph Early WIDENER

American art collector who was a founding benefactor of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Born on August 19, 1871 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA , United States

Died on October 26, 1943 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, USA

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Born in Philadelphia, he was the second son of Hannah Josephine Dunton (1836 – 1896) and the extremely wealthy transportation and real estate magnate Peter A. B. Widener (1834 – 1915). Joseph Widener attended Harvard University, and for a short time studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

He married Ella Pancoast with whom he had two children, Peter A. B. Widener II, born in 1895, and Josephine "Fifi" Pancoast Widener, born in 1902.


Joseph Widener raised his family at Lynnewood Hall, his father's 110-room Georgian-style mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Designed by Horace Trumbauer and Jacques Greber, the mansion, along with its extensive and important art collection, was part of the huge fortune he inherited.

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