Bank of North America

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The Bank of North America was the first chartered bank in the United States, chartered by the Second Continental Congress in 1781. It was established primarily to aid Congress in providing supplies and money for the prosecution of the Revolutionary War. In 1916 the bank bought the assets of the National Bank of the Northern Liberties; in 1923 it merged with the Commercial Trust Company to form the Bank of North America and Trust Company; six years later the merged institution was itself absorbed by the Pennsylvania Company.

From the description of Records, 1780-1923. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122540389

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn First Pennsylvania Banking and Trust Company. Records, 1809-1957. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIg, 1887-1891 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843 Houghton Library
referencedIn Frazier, Nalbro, 1759-1811. Account books, 1805-1850. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Reed and Forde. Papers, 1759-1823. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Bank of North America. Records, 1780-1923. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Sampson Fleming letter book, 1782-1790 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Protests (Negotiable instruments), 1789-1849. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Low, Nicholas, 1739-1826. Nicholas Low papers supplement, 1784-1829. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Nicholas Low Papers Supplement, 1784-1829 @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Bingham, William, 1752-1804. William Bingham correspondence, 1791-1803. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Smith, Isaac, 1740-1807. Isaac Smith address, 1785. Library of Congress
referencedIn Burrall, Jonathan, 1753-1834. ALS, 1814 Oct. 9, New York, to Alexander James Dallas. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Gratz, Simon. Alphabetical collection, 1677-1910. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Key Bank of North America dates. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Fleming, Sampson. Sampson Fleming letter book, 1782-1790. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Cadwalader, John, 1742-1786. Bank book, 1785-1786. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Meredith family. Meredith family papers, 1756-1964, bulk 1772-1873. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Bingham, William, 1752-1804. person
associatedWith Burrall, Jonathan, 1753-1834. person
associatedWith Cadwalader, John, 1742-1786. person
associatedWith Dixon, James. person
associatedWith First Pennsylvania Banking and Trust Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Fleming, Sampson person
associatedWith Fleming, Sampson. person
associatedWith Frazier, Nalbro, 1759-1811. person
associatedWith Gratz, Simon. person
associatedWith Greenleaf, James. person
associatedWith Lewis, Lawrence, 1857-1890. person
associatedWith Low, Nicholas, 1739-1826. person
associatedWith Meredith family. family
associatedWith Morris, Robert, 1734-1806. person
associatedWith Morton, John. person
associatedWith Nicholson, John, 1757-1800. person
associatedWith Nixon, Henry. person
associatedWith Nixon, John, 1733-1808. person
associatedWith Reed and Forde. corporateBody
associatedWith Richardson, John. person
associatedWith Smith, Isaac, 1740-1807. person
associatedWith Smith, Thomas, d. 1850. person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Willing, Thomas, 1731-1821. person
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Banks and banking

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Active 1780

Active 1923



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