The Man Who Owned Malibu

"Did you know the man who once owned Malibu, California, became a major benefactor to the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts?

Frederic Rindge was born in 1857 to a wealthy Cambridge family. He attended Harvard, and after his father died, leaving him his fortune, he traveled the West, marrying in 1887 and becoming a rancher near Santa Monica, California.

As his fortune multiplied, he began making significant financial gifts to Cambridge, the city he called “the center of my boyhood.” He funded the construction of the public library, a public park, a new City Hall, and a vocational school for boys.

Rindge insisted there be no mention of his name on any buildings, but instead had “emblazoned” on the walls of the public library the Ten Commandments!

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