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George William Childs
Birth: May 12, 1829
Death: Feb. 3, 1894

Publisher, Newspaperman, Philanthropist. As a teenager, he came to Philadelphia, and found work in a book store. He later became a partner in the publishing house of Childs and Peterson. He managed the publication of the Arctic Expedition of fellow Philadelphian Elisha Kent Kane. When Peterson retired, Childs partnered with J.B. Lippincott, but within a year, he withdrew from the partnership and returned to his own publishing house. In 1864 Childs along with the Drexels, Francis A. and Anthony J., purchased The Public Ledger. Under Childs's direction the newspaper became highly respected and recognized for its responsibly documented attacks on war profiteering and monopolies. Childs provided burial ground at Woodlands Cemetery for members of the Ledger's Typographical Union at Philadelphia's Woodlands Cemetery. He also opened a home for union printers in Colorado. He built the country mansion "Wootton" in Bryn Mawr, but also built a clean, small, suburban town, with wide streets and affordable housing for people with modest incomes. Wayne, Pennsylvania, one of the country's first planned suburban communities, was the result of Childs's partnership with Anthony J. Drexel. In later years, he wrote his Recollections in 1890 and Recollections of General Grant in 1885. Childs was a founding trustee of the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University). He continued as a trustee until his death. (bio by: rjschatz) 
 
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  Emma Bouvier Peterson Childs (1842 - 1928)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Childs's body rested in the Drexel Mausoleum at Woodlands until his mausoleum at Laurel Hill was completed.
 
Burial:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section K, Lot 337 Childs Mausoleum
 
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Record added: Nov 09, 2003
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George William Childs
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George William Childs
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- Angel
 Added: Sep. 21, 2011
Happy birthday in Heaven. Many times I have been to the state park in Pike County, PA, named in your honor. May God's love and mercy shine upon you always.
- DocBock806
 Added: May. 12, 2010
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