Bohlen, John

Hide Profile

Born in Schiffdorf (near Bremerhafen), John Bohlen became one of Philadelphia's most prominent merchants at the turn of the nineteenth century, running a profitable concern in partnership with his brother Bohl (1754-1836) importing commodities from their native Holland. Thanks to an insatiable American thirst for gin, Bohlen amassed an immense fortune that enabled him to travel in the same social circles as Stephen Girard and others among the mercantile elite and to win a spot in 1816 as one of the Directors of the Bank of the United States. By the time of his death, he was one of only eleven Philadelphians whose personal estates exceeded one million dollars in value.

From the guide to the John Bohlen Collection, 1889-1912, (American Philosophical Society)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893. Papers, 1832-1892 Houghton Library
creatorOf John Bohlen Collection, 1889-1912 American Philosophical Society
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Bank of the United States corporateBody
associatedWith Bank of the U. S. Commissioners person
correspondedWith Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893 person
associatedWith Calhoun, John B. person
associatedWith Cole, J. person
associatedWith Dorsey, Elizabeth person
associatedWith Girard, Stephen, 1750-1831 person
associatedWith Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843 person
associatedWith Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809 person
associatedWith Maxcy, Virgil, 1785-1844 person
associatedWith Murray, Daniel person
associatedWith Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819 person
associatedWith Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829 person
associatedWith Stone, John S. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Business and Skilled Trades




Ark ID: w67782vg

SNAC ID: 20069408