Albert M. Greenfield was a board member of many civic and philanthropic organizations in Philadelphia and nationally, was active in city politics and played a major role in the highly significant 1960s redevelopment of Philadelphia’s deteriorated, historic Society Hill section where Independence Hall is located.
He remained politically active throughout his life, enjoying close relationships with U.S. Presidents from Herbert Hoover to Lyndon Johnson. His influence was so pervasive that he became known as “Mr. Philadelphia.”
Despite his wealth, Albert M. Greenfield believed true success was only found in public service, saying, “A man can be considered successful only when he makes a worthwhile contribution to his generation and to his fellow citizens.”
In 1953, to give something back to the city that had given him so much, he established The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. He died in 1967 at the age of 79.