Philanthropist in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-09-16 Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

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1910-03-03 Rockefeller Foundation: John D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can be devoted full time to being a philanthropist

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1970-08-03 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

  • 1636-11-02 Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist (d. 1721)
  • 1649-04-05 Elihu Yale, England, philanthropist founded Yale
  • 1701-03-18 Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (d. 1776)
  • 1712-11-25 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist and developer of 'Signed French' (d. 1789)
  • 1715-03-07 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (d. 1755)
  • 1744-10-06 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1813)
  • 1757-02-20 John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)

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1759-08-24 William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1833)

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce
  • 1764-02-28 Robert Haldane, Scottish theologist/philanthropist
  • 1769-03-10 Joseph Williamson, English philanthropist and tunnel builder (d. 1840)
  • 1771-06-20 Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, Scottish philanthropist (d. 1820)
  • 1781-03-04 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • 1789-01-04 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • 1791-02-12 Peter Cooper, industrialist/philanthropist (Cooper Union)
  • 1795-02-18 George Peabody, South Danvers Mass, merchant/philanthropist
  • 1795-05-19 Johns Hopkins, philanthropist, founded Johns Hopkins University
  • 1799-05-11 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • 1801-02-07 John Rylands, England, merchant/philanthropist
  • 1806-03-09 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist (d. 1872)
  • 1813-04-14 Junius S Morgan, US, merchant/philanthropist (Metro Museum of Art)
  • 1814-02-09 Samuel Jones Tilden, philanthropist for NY Public Library
  • 1814-04-24 Angela Burdett-Coutts, philanthropist extrordinaire
  • 1831-12-19 Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian philanthropist (d. 1884)
  • 1833-11-09 Sally Louisa Tompkins, nurse and philanthropist, only woman commissioned in Confederate army during US Civil War, born in Mathews City, Virginia (D. 1916)

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1835-11-25 Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, steel tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest Americans ever, born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1919)

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • 1836-08-14 Walter Besant, writer/philanthropist (Rebel Queen)
  • 1843-11-25 Henry Ware Eliot American industrialist, philanthropist and the father of T. S. Eliot (d. 1919)

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1855-03-24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1855-11-06 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist (d. 1942)

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1857-09-13 Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company) and philanthropist, born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1945)

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • 1859-04-16 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (d. 1924)
  • 1861-02-02 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1865-07-10 Jan "Pa" van der Steur, Dutch philanthropist (Steurtjes)
  • 1867-07-15 Maggie Mitchell Walker, 1st woman bank director/philanthropist
  • 1867-07-31 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (d. 1966)
  • 1867-12-30 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1868-06-20 Helen Miller Shepard, philanthropist/established Hall of Fame
  • 1874-01-22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)

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1874-01-29 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1875-09-18 Tomas Burgos, Chilean philanthropist (d. 1945)
  • 1879-06-05 Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)
  • 1880-08-10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)

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1883-12-27 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • 1887-05-09 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • 1887-06-26 Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist
  • 1894-06-20 George Delacorte, American philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York
  • 1896-06-09 Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)
  • 1897-04-19 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • 1901-07-01 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist
  • 1901-07-20 Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist
  • 1902-03-30 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (d. 2007)
  • 1904-04-13 Sir David Robinson, British philanthropist and entrepreneur (d. 1987)
  • 1904-12-24 Joseph Moses Juran, American industrial engineer and philanthropist.
  • 1906-03-21 John D. Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil)
  • 1910-10-07 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
  • 1911-04-13 Jean-Louis Lévesque, Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist (d. 1994)
  • 1912-04-27 Frederick Rand Weissman, philanthropist
  • 1920-09-09 Robert Wood Johnson III, American philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • 1924-01-26 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1925-06-16 Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1927-03-07 Henri Landwirth, Belgian-American hotel owner and philanthropist
  • 1928-01-02 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1929-07-05 Mary Maxwell Gates, philanthropist/mother of Bill Gates
  • 1930-05-11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC) (d. 2012), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1930-11-26 Berthold Leibinger, German Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • 1933-03-16 Sandy Weill, American financier and philanthropist
  • 1935-11-01 Charles Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1937-01-02 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • 1938-10-05 Teresa Heinz Kerry, American philanthropist
  • 1940-05-03 David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1940-10-04 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist
  • 1942-05-18 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading, English aristocrat, banker and philanthropist
  • 1944-08-19 Charles Wang, Chinese-born philanthropist
  • 1975-04-03 Mickey Beyer Clausen, Danish entrepreneur and philanthropist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1856-06-05 Industrialist Samuel Colt (41) weds philanthropist Elizabeth Hart Jarvis (29)

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

HeartWedding of Interest

1901-10-09 Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr (27) weds Abby Aldrich in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1943-08-13 Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist Ruth Bell (23) in Monreat, North Carolina

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham

HeartWedding of Interest

1955-12-31 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)

HeartWedding of Interest

1969-03-08 CEO of McDonald's Ray Kroc (66) weds philanthropist Joan Mansfield (40)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc

HeartWedding of Interest

1995-05-26 US Secretary of State John Kerry (51) weds philanthropist Teresa Heinz (56) in Nantucket, Massachusetts

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-06-17 Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (42) weds actor Robert De Niro (53) at their Marbletown home

  • 2014-07-06 Talent manager Scooter Braun (33) weds philanthropist Yael Cohen (28) in Whistler, British Columbia

Famous Deaths

  • 1624-02-12 George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (b. 1563)
  • 1708-09-06 Sir John Morden, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1623)
  • 1721-10-11 Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1636)
  • 1751-03-29 Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist
  • 1755-09-08 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (b. 1715)
  • 1776-03-10 Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (b. 1701)
  • 1786-09-05 Jonas Hanway, English merchant, traveler, and philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • 1789-12-23 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist (b. 1712)
  • 1806-03-17 David Dale, industrialist & philanthropist, dies
  • 1813-12-19 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1744)

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1845-10-12 Elizabeth Fry, English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker Minister who is depicted on the British £5 note, dies of a stroke at 65

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry
  • 1854-01-18 Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies
  • 1864-02-15 Israel Zangwill, writer/Zionist/philanthropist, dies
  • 1869-11-04 George Peabody, American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peabody Trust and the Peabody Institute, dies at 74
  • 1873-12-24 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)
  • 1883-04-04 Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (b. 1791)
  • 1890-04-08 Junius Morgan, philanthropist, dies at 76
  • 1899-10-30 William Henry Webb, American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1816)
  • 1900-09-23 William Marsh Rice, American philanthropist and university founder (b. 1816)
  • 1901-06-09 Walter Besant, novelist/philanthropist, dies
  • 1903-01-17 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • 1905-09-19 Thomas John Barnardo, Irish philanthropist (b. 1845)
  • 1913-10-01 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1827)

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1919-08-11 Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, steel tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest Americans ever, dies of bronchial pneumonia at 83

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • 1924-01-16 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (b. 1859)

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1937-05-23 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • 1945-08-19 Tomas Burgos, Chilean philanthropist (b.1875)
  • 1945-09-16 John "Pa" van de Steur, philanthropist (Java), dies at 80
  • 1946-06-24 Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)

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1960-05-11 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, dies of pneumonia at 86

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1961-02-05 Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1978-01-10 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • 1985-01-09 Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • 1986-05-11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • 1987-01-10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • 1994-06-10 Mary Maxwell Gates, philanthropist/mother of Bill Gates, dies at 64
  • 1994-09-11 Frederick Rand Weissman, philanthropist, dies at 82
  • 1996-02-25 Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 1996-10-26 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
  • 1998-10-17 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • 1998-12-14 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • 1999-02-01 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
  • 1999-09-26 Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • 2000-12-20 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • 2002-10-01 Walter Annenberg, American publisher and philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • 2003-04-17 Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • 2003-10-12 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2004-07-11 Laurance Rockefeller, American conservationist and philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • 2005-03-03 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2006-03-03 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • 2006-05-07 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2006-08-21 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)
  • 2007-07-11 Ed Mirvish, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • 2007-08-13 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • 2007-09-01 Roy McKenzie, New Zealand philanthropist (b. 1922)
  • 2010-01-12 Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
  • 2012-01-02 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist, died from complications after a heart attack at 81