Henry William Stiegel

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Henry William Stiegel
Born Heinrich Wilhelm Stiegel
(1729-05-13)May 13, 1729
Died January 10, 1785(1785-01-10) (aged 55)
Pennsylvania, USA
Other names 'Baron' Stiegel
Ethnicity German[1]
Citizenship Germany
United States
Occupation Glassmaker, Ironmaster
Years active 1752 - 1774
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Huber
Elizabeth Holtz

Henry William Stiegel (May 13, 1729, Cologne, Germany - January 10, 1785 Pennsylvania, USA) was a German-American glassmaker and ironmaster.

Stiegel was the eldest of six children born to John Frederick and Dorothea Elizabeth Stiegel.[1]

After arriving in Philadelphia in 1750 on a ship known as the Nancy, Stiegel moved to what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. An active lay Lutheran and associate of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, he donated the land on which the Lutheran church in Manheim, Pennsylvania is now built.


  1. ^ a b Bigelow, Barbara (12 December 2012). "Henry William Stiegel". Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present. German Historical Institute. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  • George L. Heiges, Henry William Stiegel and His Associates: A Story of Early American Industry, 1948, 227 pages.
  • F. W. Hunter, "Baron Stiegel and American Glass," in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 12 (Dec., 1913), pp. 258–261.

Further reading[edit]

  • I Lift My Lamp by Anna Balmer Myers is a historical novel about the early settlement of Lancaster County that features Henry William Stiegel and his glassworks in Manheim, a Mennonite Eby family, and the Ephrata Cloister.
  • Baron Stiegel by M.H. Stine is a historical tale about Henry William Stiegel's life struggles and accomplishments.

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