William Church Osborn

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William Church Osborn
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DiedJanuary 3, 1951(1951-01-03) (aged 88–89)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, USA
Spouse(s)Alice Clinton Hoadley Dodge
Parent(s)William Henry Osborn
RelativesHenry Fairfield Osborn (brother)

William Church Osborn (1862 – January 3, 1951) was the son of a prominent New York family who served in a variety of civic roles including president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, president of the Children's Aid Society, and president of the New York Society for the Relief of the Ruptured and Orphaned.[1]


He was born in 1862 to philanthropist William Henry Osborn and he had a brother, Henry Fairfield Osborn. He trained to be a lawyer but mostly served in philanthropic positions during his career.[1] With his wife, Alice Clinton Hoadley Dodge, a philanthropist, social reformer and daughter of William E. Dodge, Jr. he was the father of arts patron Aileen Osborn Webb[2] and eugenicist Frederick Osborn. He died in 1951.[1]


There is a playground in Manhattan, the Osborn Memorial Playground, named in his memory.


  1. ^ a b c "Dodge-Osborn Hall". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-21. A lawyer, William Church Osborn was generally regarded as one of New York's first citizens. Although he never ran for office, he was active in the political life of his city and state, serving as organizer and president of the Society to Prevent Corrupt Practices at Elections, as chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, as founder, president, and chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission. He was for fifty years president or chairman of the board of the Children's Aid Society and was also president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A trustee of the University for almost forty years, he served as chairman of ...
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Party political offices
Preceded by
George M. Palmer
New York State Democratic Committee Chairman
Succeeded by
Edwin S. Harris
Cultural offices
Preceded by
George Blumenthal
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President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Succeeded by
Roland L. Redmond