Rindge family

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Rindge family
Frederick Hastings Rindge House, Los Angeles.JPG
Frederick Hastings Rindge House in 2008
Current regionUnited States East and West Coast
Place of originUnited Kingdom
MembersSamuel Baker Rindge, Frederick Hastings Rindge
DistinctionsFounding of Malibu, California; business (Union Oil; Pacific Mutual Insurance); real estate development; philanthropy (Pepperdine University Benefactors)
Estate(s)Frederick Hastings Rindge House and Adamson House

The Rindge family is a business and socially prominent American billionaire family of British origin.

History[edit]

The successes of the Rindge family began with the Cambridge, Massachusetts textile, shipping, and banking businesses of Mr. Samuel Baker Rindge (the father of Frederick Hastings Rindge). Ultimately the family expanded into various other areas of industry and philanthropy. Frederick Rindge, for example, built and donated parks, City Hall,[1] and the Rindge Technical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the First Methodist Episcopal Church[2] in Santa Monica, California; and was deeply involved in civic life, from writing meditative books to serving as vice president of Union Oil[3][4] to serving as director of Edison Electric.[5][6] The philanthropy continued through the family's lineage; for example, Rindge's daughter's family, the Adamsons, donated the first 138 acres of land for Pepperdine University's Malibu campus in 1968.[7]

Mr. Samuel Baker Rindge's descendants, including his son Frederick Hastings Rindge, went on to build grand mansions in Malibu (the Rindge home that burned down in 1903 and the Rindge Castle that burned down in the 1970s), and in West Adams Heights, Los Angeles, California, (the Frederick Hastings Rindge House). Frederick and wife Rhoda May Knight Rindge's daughter, Rhoda Agatha, commissioned Malibu's Adamson House with her husband, Merritt Adamson.

The Rindge family fortune was once valued between US$700 million and $1.4 billion[8] and were close friends of the Roosevelt family.[9]

Southern California[edit]

The Rindge family moved west to Los Angeles, California, in 1887. In 1892 the Rindge's purchased the 13,300-acre (54 km2) Spanish land grant Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit or "Malibu Rancho"; which is now present day Malibu, California.[10] They later expanded it to 17,000 acres (69 km2) as Rindge Ranch.[9]

The Rindge's founded the Conservative Life Insurance Company (now Pacific Life). The family patriarch Frederick Hastings Rindge was vice-president of Union Oil Company, and a director of the Los Angeles Edison Electric Company (later Southern California Edison Company). The Rindge's investments included land near Stockton, California, and real estate holdings in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, and the state of Sinaloa, Mexico.

Similarly, the family patriarch Frederick Hastings Rindge was president of the Harvard Club of Los Angeles and a member of many historical, archaeological, patriotic, and religious organizations which mirrored his interests. A supporter of the temperance movement, Frederick Hastings Rindge reimbursed the city of Santa Monica for the loss of license fees when Santa Monica abolished saloons. He established the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Santa Monica and wrote several self-published books which were spiritual and meditative in nature.[11]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Randall, David K. (2017). The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0393353945.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.harvardsquare.com/city-cambridge-city-hall
  2. ^ Loomis, Jan (2012-10-16). Westside Chronicles: Historic Stories of West Los Angeles. ISBN 9781614237396.
  3. ^ Hersey, Mark D.; Steinberg, Ted (2019-01-29). A Field on Fire: The Future of Environmental History. ISBN 9780817320010.
  4. ^ Mauch, Christof (2015). "Unruly Paradise—Nature and Culture in Malibu, California". RCC Perspectives (3): 45–52. JSTOR 26241331.
  5. ^ Randall, David K. (2016-03-02). The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise. ISBN 9780393292930.
  6. ^ McClintock, Scott; Miller, John (November 2014). Pynchon's California. ISBN 9781609382735.
  7. ^ Pasternak, Judy; Stewart, Jill (March 16, 1986). "A Lasting Legacy: Merritt Adamson Jr.'s Land Dealings Changed Malibu Forever". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Randall, David K. (March 10, 2016). "The Making of Malibu". Lapham's Quarterly.
  9. ^ a b Randall, David K. (March 13, 2016). "Op-Ed: The long and complicated fight to preserve paradise in Malibu". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ "The Rindge Family". The Official Website of the City of Malibu. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007.
  11. ^ Ingersoll, Luther A. (1908). Ingersoll's Century History, Santa Monica Bay Cities. Los Angeles, L. A. Ingersoll. ISBN 978-1-4086-2367-1.