William Regnery II
William Henry Regnery II (February 25, 1941 – July 2, 2021) was an American white nationalist political activist and donor, and an heir to a multi-million dollar fortune. He was the founder of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist/supremacist think tank that has been credited with expanding the alt-right.
William H. Regnery II
William Henry Regnery II
February 25, 1941
|Died||July 2, 2021 (aged 80)|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (did not graduate)|
|Relatives||William H. Regnery (paternal grandfather)|
Henry Regnery (uncle)
Alfred S. Regnery (cousin)
William H. Regnery II was born on February 25, 1941 near Chicago and was raised in Hinsdale, Illinois. His father, William F. Regnery, worked for Joanna-Western Mills, the family textile concern. His mother, Elisabeth (Brittain) Regnery, was a homemaker. His paternal grandfather, William H. Regnery, was a "textile magnate, banker, and philanthropist in Chicago." His uncle, Henry, in 1947 founded Regnery Publishing, which the Regnery family sold in 1993.
Regnery enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied political science. He dropped out before graduation. He was in charge of the family business "for only 15 months" around 1980, but he was later sued by his family, who subsequently sold the business.
Regnery founded the Charles Martel Society, a non-profit organization based in Georgia, in 2001. The organization publishes a racist and anti-semitic journal, The Occidental Quarterly. According to the Associated Press, the society "raised $568,526 between 2007 and 2014" in tax deductible contributions.
Regnery founded the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist and identitarian think tank now based in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2005. In 2011, he hired Richard B. Spencer to run it. Spencer helped to organize the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr. ran his car into a group of counter-protesters there, killing Heather Heyer and leading to a judgment of $2.4 million against the Institute. By 2020, the IRS had revoked the Institute's tax-exempt status.
Regnery is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "a prime mover and shaker in white nationalism" and "famously reclusive". They add that he worked to organize and fund a racist and anti-semitic network of publishers, websites and groups.
According to George Hawley, an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama, Regnery "seems to be the black sheep of the family, and he generally avoids the public spotlight."
- CQ Press (2019). Issues for Debate in American Public Policy: Selections from CQ Researcher. CQ Press. p. 219. ISBN 978-1-5443-0397-0.
- "He Spent Almost 20 Years Funding The Racist Right. It Finally Paid Off". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
- Roston, Aram; Anderson, Joel (July 23, 2017). "The Moneyman behind the alt-right". BuzzFeed. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
- Risen, Clay (July 16, 2021). "William H. Regnery II, 80, Dies; Bankrolled the Rise of the Alt-Right". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
- Risen, Clay (July 17, 2021). "William H. Regnery II, 80, Dies; Bankrolled the Rise of the Alt-Right". New York Times. 170 (59122). p. B11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
- "William H. Regnery II". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
- "About Regnery Publishing". Retrieved 2017-10-22.
- Hawley, George (2017). Making Sense of the Alt-Right. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 58–59. ISBN 9780231185127. OCLC 987742156.
Despite its innocuous name, NPI has since its inception been a white-nationalist organization.
- "White nationalists raise millions with tax-free charities". Enterprise-Journal. McComb, Mississippi. December 22, 2016. p. A7. Retrieved October 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
The Georgia-based Charles Martel Society was founded by wealthy publisher William H. Regnery II, who also founded the National Policy Institute. The group raised $568,526 between 2007 and 2014 and publishes The Occidental Quarterly.
- "In the world of 'academic racism,' four groups play leading roles". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
- Mathias, Christopher (2021-07-16). "Reclusive Millionaire Who Financed American Fascists Dies". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
- "All-White Dating Service Planned", Southern Poverty Law Center, Summer 2004
- "William Regnery Obituary - Englewood, FL". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 2021-07-13.