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William SHIPPEN

(1712-1801)

SHIPPEN, William, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., October 1, 1712; pursued preparatory studies; studied medicine and practiced his profession in Philadelphia; was one of the founders of the Public Academy and a trustee in 1749; was one of the twenty-four founders of the College of Philadelphia, which afterward became the University of Pennsylvania, and a trustee 1749-1779; one of the founders of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and a trustee from 1765 to 1796; was a member of the American Philosophical Society, of which he was vice president in 1768 and for many years thereafter; Member of the Continental Congress 1779-1780; resumed the practice of medicine in Philadelphia; died in Germantown, Pa., November 4, 1801; interment in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.

Bibliography

Buchanan, Roberdeau. Genealogy of the Descendants of Dr. Wm. Shippen: The Elder, of Philadelphia; Member of the Continental Congress. Washington, [D.C.]: Joseph L. Pearson, Printer, 1877.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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