George D. Widener, Jr.
|George D. Widener, Jr.|
March 11, 1889|
New York City, New York
|Died||December 8, 1971
Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, United States
|Residence||Erdenheim Farm, Whitemarsh Township|
|Occupation||Businessman, philanthropist, racehorse owner/breeder|
|Spouse(s)||Jessie Sloane (1883-1968) (m. 1917–68)|
|Children||Diana Dodge (stepdaughter)|
|Parent(s)||George Dunton Widener &
George Dunton Widener, Jr. (March 11, 1889 - December 8, 1971) was an American businessman and thoroughbred racehorse owner; one of only five people ever designated "Exemplars of Racing" by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Born into the prominent and wealthy Widener family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the younger son of George Dunton Widener and Eleanor Elkins, and brother to Harry Elkins Widener (1885-1912) and Eleanor Widener (1891-1953). His grandfathers, the traction (streetcar) magnate Peter A. B. Widener (1834-1915) and the oil & steel financier William Lukens Elkins (1832-1903), were long-time friends and business partners. At age 23, he lost both his father and brother when the RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912.
His sister married Fitz Eugene Dixon in 1912.
Greatly influenced by his uncle Joseph E. Widener, head of New York's Belmont Park and builder of Miami, Florida's Hialeah Park racetrack, he became involved in thoroughbred horse racing. He owned Old Kenney Farm (now Green Gates Farm) in Lexington, Kentucky.
From 1960 to 1968 he served as president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.