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The Warburton family are a prominent American family which originated in the Philadelphia area:

Charles Edward Warburton[edit]

Charles Edward Warburton (March 2, 1837 − September 1, 1896) was the publisher of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph with James Barclay Harding.[1]

He was born on March 2, 1837 in Philadelphia. He started the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph in 1864.[2]

He died on September 1, 1896 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[3] At his death his son, Barclay Harding Warburton I took over as publisher.

Barclay Harding Warburton I[edit]

Major Barclay Harding Warburton I (April 1, 1866 − December 5, 1954) was the publisher of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph.

He was born on April 1, 1866 in Philadelphia to Charles Edward Warburton.[4] At the death of his father he became the publisher of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph.[2][4][5]

On June 13, 1895, he married Mary Brown Wanamaker. He was a member of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and participated in the charge of San Juan Hill in 1898. He then became charge d'affairs for President Wilson in London in 1914–1917, becoming one of General Pershing's aides-de-camp in Paris in 1917.

His son Barclay H Warburton II was the first American to serve at the Ecole Militaire Saint Cyr during this same time, while both were serving in Paris at the same time; he is known to have remarked to his father, Major Warburton, "You've got to get me out of here; we are still training on horses, and you know I want to fly." (Which he then did so do)

In 1921 he was named as the Special Police Commissioner for Philadelphia by Joseph Hampton Moore.[4] He was elected Mayor of Palm Beach, Florida in 1928, and resigned in 1929 to return to manage EF Hutton office in Philadelphia.

He died on December 5, 1954.[1]

Barclay Harding Warburton II[edit]

Barclay Harding Warburton II (June 15, 1898 − November 26, 1936) was an American socialite, farmer, aviator and member of the Hoover Commission in Poland.[6][7] He was also an assistant director at 20th Century Fox.[8]

He was born on June 15, 1898, in Philadelphia to Barclay Harding Warburton I and Mary Brown Wanamaker.[9][10] He married Rosamond Lancaster on December 10, 1919, in Elkton, Maryland, and they had a daughter Rosemary Warburton, born in 1921, and a son, Barclay Harding Warburton III, born in 1922.[7][11] After a divorce in 1926 she married William Kissam Vanderbilt II.[12] In 1922 he received his Royal Aero Club certificate from the Grahame-White school of flying.[13] In 1930 he announced plans to fly solo around the world.[14][15] In 1931 he married Evelyn Hall Pierce after she obtained a divorce in Reno, Nevada.[5] She was the daughter of Charles E. McMafus of Rye, New York.[8]

On June 27, 1936, he set off a firework at a party for Harold Ross that exploded in his face.[16]

He died after a hunting accident on November 26, 1936, in Abington Memorial Hospital. He said that his shotgun had accidentally fired while he was climbing a fence while hunting for pheasant at his Saracen Farm near in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He survived long enough to make it back to the house, only to die on the front door steps.[8][17]

Barclay Harding Warburton III[edit]

Barclay Harding Warburton III (February 5, 1922 − May 1, 1983) (Buzz, Buzzy, Buzzie to his close friends Barclay to the rest) was founder of the American Sail Training Association.[18]

He was born on February 5, 1922 to Barclay Harding Warburton II and Rosamund Lancaster. Warburton was a step-son of William Kissam Vanderbilt II and a step-nephew of Harold Stirling Vanderbilt when Rosamund remarried.[19]

In 1936 his father died in a hunting accident.[20] Barclay graduated from Harvard University in 1948, served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a representative from the 2nd Essex district. He was a member of the Agriculture committee and the Marine Fisheries Committee. .[18]

He married Margrett Mckean of Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, in 1947. They then purchased the 140-acre Mosley place and renamed it Saracen Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts, turning it in to an organic dairy farm milking 50 head of Golden Guernseys (he would want that in here). In 1959, Buzz and Margie divorced and the farm was sold to the Catholic Church. Buzzie purchased the Brigantine Black Pearl and set off around the world after some repairs in Florida. Having gotten as halfway to Panama, better senses got hold of him and he returned to the Bahamas, where he settled in at Lyford Cay and built several houses during his years there over by Clifton Dock.

In 1964, he participated in the OPSAIL 64 and his purpose was complete. Sail training was for him. From then on the Black Pearl was no longer the yacht Black Pearl, but rather the sail training ship Black Pearl.

As the Bahamas went independent Buzz went up to Newport and started the Black Pearl restaurant, remarking at the time, "well we need someplace decent to eat". The Black Pearl was never a financial success for Buzz, but it is got him a huge amount of recognition and he had every folk singer and blue grass picker in the place every weekend. Nonetheless, the restaurant is one of Newport's most famous and longest established restaurants.

By 1972, Warburton had readied the boat for a transatlantic passage, starting with a shakedown cruise to the Virgin Islands. In late May the Black Pearl left for England with 14 crew and after 23 days arrived at the Lizards. Traveling through Europe that summer with tall ships earned him much praise and recognition, and by the end of the summer The Brits (STA) asked him to start an American STA and become its chairman, which he did. The 76 Tall Ships was a great success and really put Newport on the map. Warburton sold the Black Pearl Restaurant to Tom Cullen keep a royalty for the use of the name.

.[21] However, he is most known for founding the American Sail Training Association which was inspired by his many travels under the power of wind to Europe and elsewhere.[22] He died on May 1, 1983, leaving behind five children in addition to other family members, friends, employees and other associates.[23][18]

Barclay Harding Warburton IV[edit]

Barclay Harding Warburton IV (Tim), the son of Barclay Harding Warburton III, Warburton attended Le Rosey School, St Andrews School, Hyde School, and Boston University. He served with the US Merchant Marine (2 Pacific crossings 1968) during the Vietnam War, and then served in the United States Navy (1968–1970) as navigator.

He was founder of the Connecticut River Valley Boatworks in 1972, which became the Vermont Oak Company in 1976 specializing in high-quality oak, walnut, and cherry furniture. In 1984 he joined with Brook Phillips Lacour to pioneer the villa vacation model as an alternative to staying in hotels beginning in St. Barthelemy as an owner of West Indies Management Company (WIMCO Villas and Hotels), headquartered in Newport, with the purpose of renting vacation homes in prime locations while not occupied by their owners.[24] This proved successful, and the company quickly moved on to St Martin, Anguilla, Nevis, Barbados, Mustique, and then into the South of France, Italy and Greece, as well as Nantucket, Hawaii, and Mexico.

Warburton's love of sailing brought him across the Atlantic twice, once as sailing master in 1972, and returning in 1973 as skipper aboard the 72 ft brigantine Black Pearl. Warburton sailed with his father regularly, and joined him in Opsail ’64, New York, Tall Ships '72, Cowes, Malmo and Travemunde, and then again in '76 from Newport–Bermuda–New York–Boston. Warburton has raced as navigator aboard the 65 ft yawl "Nirvana", participating in such events as 1986 Statue of Liberty celebrations, 1994 New York Yacht Club Sesquicentennial and the 2001 America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, winning the Antigua Classic Race Week in 2005. Warburton has served as a director of the Newport Music Festival, and the American Sail Training Association (Tall Ships).

Married Julie Phillips of Southport, Connecticut, 1986. Has two children: Lila Mckean Warburton (born 1987) and Heather Phillips Warburton (born 1989).

See also[edit]

Peter Lancaster Warburton, 5th child of B. H. W. III, resides in Newport, Rhode island, and has been a USCG-licensed captain maintaining a 100-ton auxiliary sail license to carry passengers for hire for 25 years. He also builds museum-quality model ships and is ship modeler to US Naval War College Museum and maintains his model shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. He has owned two wooden sailing vessels, a Winslow design schooner and an Alden design schooner, both built in the 1920s. He owns a property in Tiverton, Rhode Island, where he now resides much of the year. Peter is a maritime photographer as well as a former golfer, avid sailor, model maker, hobbyist, photographer, musician, singer, guitar player, performer, songwriter/lyricist, poet.


  1. ^ a b "Ex-publisher Passes Away". Associated Press. December 7, 1954. Retrieved 2011-05-27. Warburton was publisher of the old Philadelphia Evening Telegraph a newspaper founded by his father. He was formerly director of welfare and special police ...
  2. ^ a b "Rodman Wanamaker Buys The Evening Telegraph". New York Times. February 3, 1911. Retrieved 2011-05-27. Rodman Wanamaker bought The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph to-day from his brother-in-law, Barclay H. Warburton. Mr. Warburton confirmed the sale when questioned at his home in Ogontz to-night, but declined to give the consideration
  3. ^ Baltimore Sun. September 2, 1896. Mr. Charles E. Warburton, proprietor of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, was found dead in bed at Atlantic City, NJ, yesterday morning. Rev. ... Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Warburton Heads Police. Wanamaker's Son-in-Law Takes Post for Philadelphia Clean-Up". New York Times. August 13, 1921. Retrieved 2011-05-27. A reorganization of the police system here "from top to bottom" was begun today by Mayor Moore with the appointment of Major Barclay H. Warburton as Special Police Commissioner, a new and unsalaried position.
  5. ^ a b "Married". Time magazine. April 27, 1931. Retrieved 2011-05-27. Barclay Harding ("Buzz") Warburton Jr., 32, flyer, son of the one-time publisher of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, grandson of the late John Wanamaker, onetime husband of Mrs. William Kissam (Rosamund Lancaster) Vanderbilt; and Mrs. Evelyn Hall Pierce, 27, divorced last week from H. Denny Pierce, Manhattan broker; in Chicago.
  6. ^ "Died". Time magazine. December 7, 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-26. Barclay Harding ("Buzz") Warburton Jr., 58, socialite farmer and aviator, grandson of Philadelphia's late merchant John Wanamaker, onetime husband of the present Mrs. William Kissam Vanderbilt; of an abdominal wound received when his shotgun accidentally fired while he was climbing a fence after a pheasant on his 94-acre Saracen Farm; near Doylestown, Pa. At a party last June in Stamford, Conn, he was burned about both eyes when he set off a skyrocket to announce his arrival.
  7. ^ a b "Divorced". New York Times. August 23, 1926. Retrieved 2011-05-26. Rosamond Lancaster Warburton, from Barclay Harding Warburton Jr., grandson of the late John Wanamaker and onetime member of the Hoover Commission in Poland; in Paris.
  8. ^ a b c "Warburton Jr., Fatally Shot By Own Gun". Associated Press. November 27, 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-26. serving as an assistant director at Fox. ...
  9. ^ "Mary Warburton Dies In Home Here. Granddaughter, 42, of John Wanamaker Found in Bath of Park Ave. Apartment". New York Times. September 15, 1937. Retrieved 2011-05-27. Mary Brown Warburton, granddaughter of John Wanamaker, died at 11 A. M. yesterday in her apartment at 277 Park Avenue after an inhalator crew from the Consolidated Edison Company had worked almost two hours in a vain effort to revive her. ...
  10. ^ "Mrs. Barclay H. Warburfon Is Dead at 85. A Leader in Welfare Work and Politics". New York Times. November 18, 1954. Retrieved 2011-05-26. Mrs. Barclay H. Warburton I, daughter of the late John Wanamaker ...
  11. ^ Dorothy Kelly MacDowell (1989). Commodore Vanderbilt and his family. In 1919 she was married at Elkton, MD to Barclay Harding Warburton, Jr., son of Major Warburton and his wife, Mary Brown Wanamaker, daughter of the department store founder John Wanamaker, of Philadelphia. ...
  12. ^ "Vanderbilt Weds Mrs. Warburton". New York Times. September 6, 1927. Retrieved 2011-05-26. William K. Warburton and Bride Receive Compliments From Paris Mayor Who Marries ... William K. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Rosamond Lancaster Warburton were married ...
  13. ^ Flight. Royal Aero Club. 1922. Mr. Barclay Harding Warburton, Junr., of Philadelphia, USA, has just taken his Royal Aero Club Certificate at the Grahame-White School of Flying, Hendon, under the instruction of Capt. PT Chamberlayne, Chief Pilot of the company. ...
  14. ^ "To Fly Solo Round World. Barclay H. Warburton Jr. Will Take Eight Months to Pilot Small Craft in Flight. Will Ship Over Seas". New York Times. October 26, 1930. Retrieved 2011-05-26. A long-felt ambition to see the world by airplane is about to be realized by Barclay H. Warburton Jr. of New York and Philadelphia, grandson of the late John Wanamaker.
  15. ^ "To Resume World Flight. Barclay H. Warburton Jr. Plans Miami Take-Off Today". New York Times. December 27, 1930. Retrieved 2011-05-26. Barclay H. Warburton Jr. of Philadelphia will take off from Miami ... was in Miami arranging for the take-off, which was postponed today because of ... Related web pages
  16. ^ "Warburton Jr. Hurt In Fireworks Prank. Rocket Set at Stamford to Notify Host, Harold Ross, of Arrival Explodes in His Face". New York Times. June 28, 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-27. A surprise intended for his host had an unpleasant aftermath today when Barclay Warburton Jr., 38, member of a well-known Philadelphia family, was injured as he shot off a fireworks rocket about 1 A.M., to announce his arrival at the Summer home of Harold W. Ross, editor of The New Yorker. ...
  17. ^ "Hunting Gun Kills B. H. Warburton Jr.; Grandson of John Wanamaker Snags Weapon As He Seeks Game in Pennsylvania". New York Times. November 27, 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-22. Barclay H. Warburton Jr., 38, eldest of the three children of Major and Mrs. Barclay Warburton and a grandson of the late John Wanamaker, was fatally injured in a gunning accident while he was hunting alone this afternoon on his 94-acre farm near Doylestown. ...
  18. ^ a b c "Barclay Warburton 3rd Dies; Founder Of 'Tall Ships' Group". New York Times. May 5, 1983. Retrieved 2011-05-22. Barclay H. Warburton 3d, founder of the American Sail Training Association, which was the host for the 'tall ships' visit to New York in 1976 in honor of the nation's bicentennial celebration died Sunday at his home in Newport, R.I. He was 61 years old. He had a lifelong love of the sea, and after participating in Europe in the 1972 International Sail Training Races, he arranged to bring the sailing ships to Philadelphia and Newport, and last year, to Lisbon. Mr. Warburton graduated from Harvard in 1948 and was later elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. He settled in Newport and, in 1967, founded the Black Pearl restaurant there. He is survived by five children, Barclay H. 4th of Washington, D.C., Margarett R. of Los Angeles, Miranda of Pullman, Wash., and Rosemary W. Hardisty and Peter L., both of Newport.
  19. ^ "Galleries". CNN. August 18, 1980.
  20. ^ "Hunting Gun Kills B. H. Warburton Jr.; Grandson of John Wanamaker Snags Weapon As He Seeks Game in Pennsylvania". New York Times. November 27, 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-26. Barclay H. Warburton Jr., 38, eldest of the three children of Major and Mrs. Barclay Warburton and a grandson of the late John Wanamaker, was fatally injured in a gunning accident while he was hunting alone this afternoon on his 94-acre farm near Doylestown. ...
  21. ^ Hatfield, Julie (November 15, 2006). "A wealth of delight". The Boston Globe.
  22. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/cgi-bin/ngate/BG?ext_docid=0EB97864E6E06D52&ext_hed=NEWPORT%20TO%20RELIVE%20ITS%20TALL%20SHIP%20DAYS&ext_theme=bg&pubcode=BG. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Barclay Warburton 3D Dies; Founder Of 'Tall Ships' Group". The New York Times. May 6, 1983.
  24. ^ http://www.hotelnewsresource.com/article3698.html