Edward Shippen, III

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Edward Shippen, III (July 9, 1703 in Boston, Massachusetts – September 25, 1781 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) was a wealthy merchant and government official in colonial Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


He entered into mercantile pursuits with James Logan, with whom he was in business from 1732 as the firm of Logan and Shippen. Afterward he went into the fur trade with Thomas Lawrence, as the firm of Shippen and Lawrence.

Public service[edit]

In 1744 he was elected Mayor of Philadelphia. In 1745 and for several years thereafter, he served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In May 1752, he moved to Lancaster, where he was appointed prothonotary, as which he served until 1778. He had large transactions as paymaster for supplies for the British and provincial forces when they were commanded by General John Forbes, General John Stanwix, and Colonel Bouquet, and managed them with so much integrity as to receive public thanks in 1760. He was a county judge under both the provincial and state governments.

In early life he laid out and founded the town of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. In 1746 to 1748, he was one of the founders of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), of which he was a member of the first board of trustees, from which he resigned in 1767. He was also a subscriber to the Philadelphia Academy (now the University of Pennsylvania) and a founder of the Pennsylvania Hospital and the American Philosophical Society.


He was the son of Edward Shippen II, the brother of William Shippen, physician, and the grandson of Edward Shippen, an earlier mayor of Philadelphia.

Known as "Neddy," he married Sarah Plumley (born November 8, 1706, Philadelphia; died April 28, 1735, Philadelphia), daughter of Charles Plumly and Rose Budd, on September 20, 1725. Their known children included:

  • Benjamin Shippen (died in infancy, September 6, 1727).
  • Elizabeth Shippen was born on August 17, 1726 at Philadelphia, and died on August 29, 1726.
  • Joseph Shippen (September 1727 – September 6, 1727).
  • William Shippen (September 1727 – September 1727).
  • Edward Shippen was born February 16, 1729 at Philadelphia; married Margaret Francis, 1753; died on April 16, 1806.
  • Sarah Shippen was born February 22, 1730 at Philadelphia; married Col. James Burd (see Battle of Fort Ligonier) on May 14, 1748; died September 17, 1784.
  • Col. Joseph Shippen was born October 30, 1732 at Philadelphia; married Jane Galloway; died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 10, 1810.
  • Rose Shippen was born on September 10, 1734 at Philadelphia and died on September 30.

In August 1747, he married Mary Gray, daughter of William Gray and Mary; he was her second husband.


The Shippen House at Shippensburg was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  • Genealogy at RootsWeb
  • Randolph Shipley Klein, Portrait of an Early American Family: The Shippens of Pennsylvania Across Five Generations. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975.

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Preceded by
Benjamin Shoemaker
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
James Hamilton