Paul J. Rainey

Paul j rainey

Paul James Rainey (September 18, 1877 - September 18, 1923) was an American businessman, philanthropist, hunter, and photographer He was born on September 18, 1877 to Eleanor and William J. Rainey. Scion of a wealthy family whose fortune came from coal and coke production, Rainey developed a reputation as a playboy. He invested in numerous personal projects, including luxurious homes, a hotel, prize horses, and private railroad cars. Although he owned many residences, he favored Tippah Lodge, his sprawling estate in rural Mississippi. Rainey was active with the American Geographical Society, American Museum of Natural History, the New York Zoological Society, and the Smithsonian Institution, among other organizations. Rejected by the military for health reasons, Rainey purchased an ambulance and drove it on the Western Front during World War I. After the war, Rainey hunted big game in Africa and shot some of the earliest film footage of African animals in the wild. He died in 1923 of a cerebral hemorrhage on his forty-sixth birthday. The death occurred while Rainey was en route from England to South Africa, where he had planned to hunt. He was buried at sea.

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Date of birth
September 18th, 1877
Date of death
1923 at age of 45


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