Edward Julius Berwind was the founder of the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company. He was head of the company from 1886 until 1930.
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Berwind built The Elms, designed by architect Horace Trumbauer, completed in 1901. The estate was constructed from 1899 to 1901 and cost approximately 1.5 million dollars to build (Roughly $380M in 2010).