Founding Figure: George Clymer and PSPA

George Clymer (1739-1813), a native Pennsylvanian, was a founding member of the Society  and like several other founding members, he was a figure in many of the critical events in the establishment of our country.  Orphaned at an early age, … Continued

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