Potomac Company

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After the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, George Washington and other politicians in Virginia and Maryland believed that the Potomac River could become an important artery for trade into the western frontier. The Potomac Company was founded in 1785 to build canals and do other work on and along the river to improve its navigability. George Washington was the company's first president, and James Rumsey was appointed to oversee the work. In July 1822, the Potomac Company became part of the newly formed Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company.

From the guide to the Potomac Company collection, 1785-1822, 1785-1795, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. Estimates and proposed schedules of tolls to be charged on a Potomac canal : manuscript, [1784?]. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Potomac Company. Miscellaneous accounts, 1785-1828. Denver Art Museum
creatorOf Potomac Company. Stock ledger, 1787-1828. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Buckels, Solomon, fl. 1827. Letter [manuscript] : Harpers Ferry, Va., to Robert Barnard, George Town, 1827 August 10. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Potomac Company. Ledger, 1796. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Carroll, Daniel, 1764-1849. A memorial of George Washington, engineer, 1785-1800. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Potomac Company. Papers relating to the payment of workers and two promissory notes [manuscript], 1785-1788. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lee, Charles, 1758-1815. Papers of Charles Lee [manuscript], 1805 and n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Mason, John. Potowmack Company : report of John Mason, esq. to the Secretary of the Treasury, January 20, 1808. The Mariners' Museum Library
referencedIn Lee, Charles, 1758-1815. Legal notes of Charles Lee, 1783-1855. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Potomac Company. Records concerning transfer of shares of stock, 1791-1828. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. Abstract from the Potomack [sic] bill : manuscript, [1784?]. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876 (bulk:1700-1800) New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Washington, George, 1732-1799. Abstract from the Potomack [sic] bill : manuscript, [1784?]. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Potomac Company. Proceedings, 1788-1828. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Lee, Charles, 1758-1815. Legal notes of Charles Lee [manuscript], 1783-1793,1855. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charles Lee Notebook of Virginia Cases, 1783-1793, 1783-1855 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
creatorOf Potomac Company. Time book, 1821. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Potomac Company. Proceedings of general meetings, 1785-1796. Denver Art Museum
creatorOf Potomac Company. Receipted payroll list of Potomac Company, 1786-1787. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lee, Charles, 1758-1815. Cases adjudged in the General Court from the year 1783 to the year [1793], 1783-1855, bulk 1783-1793. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
creatorOf Potomac Company. Proceedings and resolutions, 1788-1806. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn United States. National Park Service. Cartographic Records. National Archives Library, National Archives Records Administration
creatorOf Potomac Company. Legal records, 1792-1828. Denver Art Museum
referencedIn Rumsey, James, 1743?-1792. Receipt : to William Hartshorn, 1786 July 1. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Potomac Company. Wastebook, 1785-1800. Denver Art Museum
creatorOf Potomac Navigation Company records, 1785-1786 Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
referencedIn Rumsey, James, 1743?-1792. Papers, 1785-1816. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Buckels, Solomon, fl. 1827. Letter : Harpers Ferry, Va., to Robert Barnard, George Town, 1827 August 10. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. Journal of accounts, etc. with the Potomac Company, and other 1803-1833 (30 years) / Thomas Harbaugh. Alexandria Library
referencedIn United States. National Park Service. Records of the Potomac Company and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. National Archives Library, National Archives Records Administration
creatorOf Potomac Company collection, 1785-1822, 1785-1795 William L. Clements Library
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associatedWith Briggs, Isaac, 1763-1825 person
associatedWith Buckels, Solomon, fl. 1827. person
associatedWith Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Lee, Charles, 1758-1815. person
associatedWith Mason, John. person
associatedWith Nelson, William. person
associatedWith Potomac Canal Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Rumsey, James, 1743?-1792. person
associatedWith United States. National Park Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Westfall, Abel. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Maryland
Potomac River.
Maryland
Virginia
Virginia
United States
United States
United States
Maryland
Virginia
United States
Virginia
Maryland
Virginia
Maryland
Maryland
Patowmack Canal (Va.)
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Virginia
United States
United States
Maryland
Virginia
Virginia
United States
United States
Virginia
Maryland
United States
Maryland
Maryland
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md. and Washington, D.C.)
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Employees--Wages
Canal construction workers
Cartography
Canals
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Finance

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