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Robert Edward Glendinning (1867-1936)

University Affiliation:
  • Class of 1888
  • Member of cricket, shooting and tug-of-war teams
  • Member of the Racket and Canoe Clubs and chair of the Baseball Committee
  • Marshall of the University Republicans
  • Member of Zeta Psi fraternity
  • A model for Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion studies
Biographical Summary:
  • Banker and stockbroker
  • Head of Robert Glendinning and Co.
  • Governor of New York Stock Exchange
  • Commander of American air force in Italy during World War I
  • Finance Chair of the Republican State Committee
  • Civic leader


Robert Edward Glendinning (January 28, 1867-April 20, 1936) entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1884. He was the son of Robert Glendinning and Ellen Elizabeth Butcher.

Glendinning's stay at the University of Pennsylvania was a very short one. He attended the University for only his freshman year.

During his freshman year he was a member of the shooting team, cricket team, baseball team, tug-of-war team, Racket Club, and Canoe Club. He was the marshall of the University Republicans, chairman of the Constitution Committee, Chairman of the Baseball Committee, Chairman of the Freshman Committee and Chairman of the Baseball Committee. He won the standing broad jump during the spring sports competition. As an undergraduate, Glendinning also served as one of the models for Eadweard Muybridge's landmark study, Animal Locomotion. He lived in the Zeta Psi fraternity until he was dropped from the rolls owing to his absence during examinations.

After his short sojourn at University of Pennsylvania, Glendinning later became very successful as a banker and head of Robert Glendinning and Co. He was the first person from outside New York to hold the position of Governor of the New York Stock Exchange. He was also a member of the New York Curb Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and Pittsburgh Stock Exchange.

An aviation enthusiast, he contributed substantially to American wartime aviation during the First World War. For his service as commander of the American air force in Italy, Glendinning was awarded the Italian Order of the Crown by the Italian King Victor Immanuel. He also served in the Spanish-American War. Before ending his military career as a colonel, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the United States government.

A resident of the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Glendinning was one of the founders of Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia School for the Deaf and the Philadelphia School of Aviation at Essington (later Chandler Field). He served served at various times as Treasurer of the Fairmount Park Commission, Director of the Philadelphia Zoological Society, and Finance Chairman of the Republican State Committee. His interesting and successful life was ended by pneumonia in 1936.


This page was compiled in February 2005 by Ashish Shrestha, C '08
from yearbooks, Alumni Record files, and the University Archives Photograph Collection

Portrait photograph of Robert Edward Glendinning'88 as a student




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