Powel Family Papers, Samuel Powel (1738-1793) Series, 1729-1791.


Powel, Samuel, 1738-1793. Powel Family Papers, Samuel Powel (1738-1793) Series, 1729-1791.

Powel Family Papers, Samuel Powel (1738-1793) Series, 1729-1791.

Like most other sections of the larger Powel Family Papers, this section of Samuel Powel (1738-1793) papers should be seen as one part of a much-connected whole collection. This small (one box) section illustrates only only portions of Samuel Powel's life, and should be consulted with the papers of his father and grandfather and those of his wife Elizabeth Willing Powel. This section in turn contains quite a lot of information about the finances and estate of Samuel Powel's mother, Mary Morris Powel. It best demonstrates Powel's involvement with real estate (especially his dealings with Philadelphia carpenter Thomas Proctor), and shows little about his life of public service. Besides his handling of his mother's estate (with his uncle, Samuel Morris), Samuel Powel's family life is illustrated by one document only: a touching letter from his niece Hester Griffitts Montgomery, who had married James Montgomery to the apparent displeasure of her uncle. Prominent Philadelphians with Powel family connections include Anthony Benezet, who taught Mary Griffits in 1760; George Clymer; William Coleman; physician Samuel Powel Griffits (Samuel Powel's nephew); James Pemberton; and Edmund Physick. Robert Rutherford's letters to Samuel Powel during the 1780's provide interesting commentary on Powel's political stature.

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American Philosophical Society

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Griffits, Samuel Powel, 1759-1826.

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Pemberton, James, 1723-1809

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Quaker merchant, of Philadelphia, Pa. From the description of Papers, 1777-1812. (Swarthmore College). WorldCat record id: 27134245 Quaker merchant and philanthropist. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to James Phillips, (probably the Quaker bookseller in London), 1788 Nov. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872094 Clerk of the Philadelphia and New Jersey Society of Friends. From the description of Quaker pape...

Powel, Mary Morris, 1713-1759.

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Clymer, George, 1739-1813

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Clymer was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution from Pennsylvania. From the description of ALS, 1779 April 2, Roxborough, to unknown. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13347530 Philadelphia merchant and Congressman. From the description of ALS : to William Rawle, 1793 Feb. 9. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86102605 From the description of ALS : Philadelphia, to Jacob Bowman, 18...

Rutherford, Robert, 1728-1803

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Library company of Philadelphia

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Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784

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Physick, Edmund

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Powel, Samuel, 1738-1793

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Samuel Powel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738. The son of a prominent Welsh family, Powel is best known for his two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia, from 1775-17761 and from 1789-1790. The office of mayor lay vacant between his two terms; thus, Powel was the last colonial era mayor of Philadelphia, and the first mayor of the city after independence was secured. The second of three children, Powel graduated from the City College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in...

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Coleman, William, 1704-1769

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William Coleman was a merchant and treasurer of the College of Philadelphia. From the description of Ledger, 1756-1768. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122489201 ...

Proctor, Thomas, 1739-1806.

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