Charles Willing

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Portrait of Charles Willing by John Wollaston
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Charles Willing born in Bristol, England on May 18, 1710 the son of Thomas Willing and Anne Harrison; and died on November 30, 1754, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He was a successful Philadelphia merchant, trader and politician; twice he served as Mayor of Philadelphia, from 1748 to 1749 and again in 1754.[1]

Family[edit]

He married Anne Nancy Shippen (1710-1791) in 1731, daughter of Abigail Grosse (1677-1716) and Joseph Shippen (1677-1678), together they had eleven children. His wife's grandfather, Edward Shippen, and his eldest son, Thomas Willing, also served as mayors of Philadelphia. Thomas was also a Delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania.

Willing had eleven children. Daughter Mary Willing Byrd, born September 24, 1740, married William Byrd III.[2]

Daughter Elizabeth (February 10, 1742 – January 15, 1830) married Samuel Powel, a mayor of Philadelphia.[2]

Robert Morris (financier) apprenticed at the firm of Willing & Co., and later became a partner with Thomas in the renamed firm of Willing Morris & Co.[3]

Charles Willing died on November 30, 1754 and is buried in Christ Church Burial Ground along with his wife.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn University Archives". Archives.upenn.edu. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b Charles Penrose Keith (1997), The Provincial Councilors of Pennsylvania: Who Held Office Between 1733 and 1776, Genealogical Publishing, ISBN 978-0-8063-1529-4 
  3. ^ Rappleye, Charles. Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution (2010) ISBN 978-1-4165-7091-2
  4. ^ "Find-A-Grave". Find-A-Grave. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 

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Preceded by
William Attwood
Mayor of Philadelphia
1748–1749
Succeeded by
Thomas Lawrence
Preceded by
Thomas Lawrence
(died in office)
Mayor of Philadelphia
1754
(died in office)
Succeeded by
William Plumsted