Townsend, John W., 1855-1939

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John W. Townsend, industry executive and capitalist, local historian. Received his A.B., 1875 and A.M., 1878 from the University of Pennsylvania. Townsend was active in the steel business from 1891 to 1908 and served as Vice President of the Cambria Steel Company which was founded by (among others) his father, Edward Y. Townsend. John W. Townsend actively served in numerous Philadelphia organizations, as Vice President of the Philadelphia Y.M.C.A., Accounting Warden of the Holy Trinity Church, and as a member of the Board of Managers of the Glen Mills School. He was a member of the Union League Club and the Rittenhouse and Merion Cricket Clubs. Townsend authored The Old Main Line, a history of the development of the Main Line area, published in 1919.

From the description of Collection, 1726-1933. (University of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 145429478

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Townsend, John W., 1855-1939. Collection, 1726-1933. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
creatorOf McPharlin, Paul, 1903-1948. Letters, 1937, April 27-June 10, Birmingham, Mich., to John Wilson Townsend. Brown University, John Hay Library
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associatedWith Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865. person
associatedWith Cambria Steel Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Glen Mills School (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Holy Trinity Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
associatedWith McPharlin, Paul, 1903-1948. person
associatedWith Rittenhouse Cricket Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ship Tavern Farm (Chester County, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Townsend, John W., 1789-1874. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Pennsylvania--Chester County
Iron industry and trade
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American


Birth 1855

Death 1939



Ark ID: w6gh9n5v

SNAC ID: 53325013