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Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955

Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955

Washington socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887 – 1973) was born in Springfield, Illinois. Her father Charles W. Post had already made and lost one fortune from farm machinery when he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan to form the Post Cereal Company in 1895 and Post Grape Nuts as a lead product. When Charles died, Marjorie was 27 and inherited the cereal fortune. She was married four times in her life. With her second husband, E.F. Hutton, she founded General Foods in the 1920s and the Birdseye brand and became one of the richest women in America. Another husband, John Davies, was U.S. Ambassador to Moscow during World War II and Marjorie purchased many works of art from the Stalin regime that had once belonged to the Czar. After her return to America, she lived for many years at her home in DC called Hillwood which is now a museum. She was a founder of the Wolf Trap outdoor concert venue in suburban Virginia. Her daughter is actress Dina Merrill. Many times the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC has sponsored group visits to Hillwood.


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