Marjorie Merriweather Post was an American businesswoman and owner of General Foods, Inc. She used much of her fortune to collect art pre-revolutionary Russian art, much of, now on display at Hillwood, the museum, her estate in Washington, D. C, she is known for her mansion, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, which after her death became a resort owned by President Donald Trump. Marjorie Merriweather Post was born in Springfield, the daughter and only child of C. W. Post and the former Ella Letitia Merriweather. At age 27, when her father died, she became the owner of the growing Postum Cereal Company, founded in 1895, she was subsequently the wealthiest woman in the United States, with a fortune worth about US$250 million. Post attended College, she maintained a close lifelong relationship with her alma mater and served as its first alumna trustee. Today, a collection of her correspondence with Mount Vernon administrators is maintained by GWU's Special Collections Research Center. Post's complete collection of personal papers, as well as those of her father, are held by the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library.
In addition to Hillwood and other estates, Post's other lavish home was Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Designed by Marion Sims Wyeth and Joseph Urban, Post willed Mar-a-Lago to the United States federal government in 1973 as a retreat for presidents and visiting foreign dignitaries; the mansion was not, used for this purpose, prior to being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980. Post and her second husband, E. F. Hutton, owned Sea Cloud, the largest owned sea-going yacht in the world at the time. Post owned Camp Topridge on Upper St. Regis Lake in the Adirondacks, which she considered a "rustic retreat", it included a staffed main lodge and private guest cabins, each staffed with its own butler. The expansive Great Camp, built in 1923 by Benjamin A. Muncil contained nearly 70 buildings, as well as a Russian dacha, on 300 acres, it was one of only two Adirondack camps to be featured in Life magazine. Another home, which she shared with Joseph Davies in Washington, D. C. was called Tregaron.
Some of Post's jewelry, bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. is displayed in the Harry Winston exhibit. Pieces in the collection include the Napoleon Diamond Necklace and the Marie Louise Diadem, a 275-ct diamond-and-turquoise necklace and tiara set that Napoleon I gave to his second wife, Empress Marie Louise. Post funded a U. S. Army hospital in France during World War I, decades the French government awarded her the Legion of Honour, in the degree of Commander; the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue in Columbia, Maryland, is named for her. In 1971, she was among the first three recipients of the Silver Fawn Award, presented by the Boy Scouts of America; the 425-acre Lake Merriweather at Goshen Scout Reservation in Goshen, was named in her honor. During the 1930s, the Soviet government under Joseph Stalin began selling art treasures and other valuables seized from the Romanov family and former Russian aristocrats after the Russian Revolution to earn hard currency for its industrialisation and military armament programs.
Critics have claimed. Neither she nor Davies were involved with the original seizing of the items. Allegations surfaced that many works of art from the Tretyakov Gallery and other collections were either donated or offered at nominal prices to Post and Davies, who were both art collectors. Davies is alleged to have purchased art expropriated from Soviet citizens well after the Russian Revolution, including victims of Stalin's Terror at discount prices from Soviet authorities. Many of the items, which remain under the control of the Post estate or its agents, can be viewed at Hillwood, her former estate. Hillwood has operated as a private museum since Post's death and displays her French and Russian art collection, featuring the work of Fabergé, Sèvres porcelain, French furniture and paintings. Post married four times. In 1905, she married investment banker Edward Bennett Close of Greenwich and they divorced in 1919. Together, they had two daughters: Adelaide Close, who married three times, to Thomas Wells Durant, Merrall MacNeille, Augustus Riggs IV. Eleanor Post Close known in the media as "Eleanor Post Hutton", married six times, to film director Preston Sturges, Etienne Marie Robert Gautier, George Curtis Rand, Hans Habe, Owen D. Johnson, orchestra conductor Léon Barzin.
Via his second marriage, Edward Bennett Close would become the paternal grandfather of actress Glenn Close. Post was married in 1920, to financier Edward Francis Hutton. In 1923, he became the chairman of the board of the Postum Cereal Company, they developed a larger variety of food products, including Birdseye Frozen Foods; the company became the General Foods Corporation in 1929. Post and Hutton divorced in 1935, they had one daughter: better known as the actress Dina Merrill. In 1935, Post married her third husband, Joseph E. Davies, a Washington, D. C. lawyer. They had no children a
Norman Coke-Jephcott FRCO FAGO, FRCCO, FTCL was an English composer and organist based both in his native England and the United States of America. Norman Coke-Jephcott was born in Coventry on 17 March 1893, he was educated at Bablake School. He was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists in 1911, he was admitted Fellow of the American Guild of Organists in 1912. In 1945 he was admitted to the Fellowship in the Canadian College of Organists and in the same year received the honorary degree of the D. Mus. from Ripon College in the same year. He was made a Fellow of Trinity College, London in 1947. Regarded by his colleagues as one of the world's greatest masters in organ improvisation, he had to his credit over twenty published works. Assistant organist at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry 1909-1911 Organist at Holy Cross Church, New York 1911 - 1915 Organist at the Church of the Messiah, New York 1915 - 1923 Organist at Grace Church 1923 - 1932 Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York 1932 - 1953 His compositions include: Bishop's Promenade Surely the Lord is in this Place Classical Fugue on a subject by Paul Vidal Fantasie on a National Air Improvisation on an Irish Air
William George Howard, 8th Earl of Carlisle was an English clergyman and peer. He was born in London the third son of George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle and educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, he succeeded to the title on the death of his elder brother George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle on 5 December 1864, he never married. He was Rector of Londesborough in the East Riding of Yorkshire from 1832 for more than forty years until 1877, although from 1866, due to Lord Howard's mentally incapacity, his duties were performed by his replacement. On his death the title passed to 9th Earl of Carlisle. Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages thepeerage.com The Howard Family Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Carlisle