Sir John Blundell Maple(1845—1903)
English business magnate, was born on March
1, 1845. His father, John Maple (d 1900), had a small furniture
shop in Tottenham Court Road, London, and his business began to
develop about the time that his son entered it. The practical management
soon devolved on the younger Maple, under whom it attained colossal
dimensions. The firm became a limited liability company with capital
of £2 million in 1890, with Maple as chairman. He entered
parliament as Conservative member for Dulwich in 1887, was knighted
in 1892, and was made a baronet in 1897. He was the owner of a large
stud of racehorses, and from 1885 onwards won many important races,
appearing at first under the name of "Mr Childwick".
His public benefactions included a hospital
and a recreation ground to the city of St Albans, near which his
residence Childwickbury was situated, and the rebuilding, at a cost
of more than £150 000, of University College Hospital, London
(the present home of WIBR). He died on November 24, 1903. His only
surviving daughter married Baron von Eckhardstein, of the German
Embassy, in 1896.
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