Nicholas Biddle

The first Biddle in America came over with William Penn, although no Biddle was among the founding members of the Society. Best known as a financier and president of the Second Bank of the United States, Nicholas Biddle was also … Continued


George Logan

Although a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Logan gained fame as a farmer, a legislator, and politician. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society, the Pennsylvania Assembly, and a U.S. Senator. Although an enthusiastic founding … Continued


Benjamin Rush

A charter member of the Society and one of the founders of the United States, Rush was a member of the Sons of Liberty, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a surgeon-general in the Continental Army, a member of … Continued


James Mease

James Mease was not a charter member, but he was instrumental in reviving the Society in 1805, when he was elected Secretary at the first meeting. He had received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1792 and … Continued


George Washington

In some circles Washington is remembered not as a victorious military general or as an exemplary president, but as an agricultural pioneer. He owned vast tracts of land in various parts of the colonies, but it was the more than … Continued


Richard Peters

Delegate to the Continental Congress, Secretary to the Board of War, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Judge of the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania, Richard Peters worked with many of the founders of the new nation. Although he … Continued


Samuel Powel

Last mayor of Philadelphia under the royal charter and first mayor under the new charter after the Revolution, Powel was active in the early political life of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was speaker of the Pennsylvania Senate, trustee of … Continued


John Beale Bordley

Bordley, a Maryland attorney and planter, was the catalyst behind the founding of the Society. He was appointed as judge of the Provincial Court in Baltimore in 1766 and the following year as judge British Admiralty Court. When he inherited … Continued


Benjamin Franklin

In 1787 as President of the Executive Council of Pennsylvania, Franklin proclaimed, “The great business of our commonwealth is agriculture.” Long before the American revolution, Benjamin Franklin saw the need for an agricultural society in Philadelphia that would foster research … Continued