Samuel Rhoads

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Samuel Rhoads (1711 – April 7, 1784) an American architect and cultural figure from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.


Rhoads's political career began in 1741, when he was elected to the Common Council of Philadelphia.[citation needed] He designed the east wing of the Pennsylvania Hospital. He also designed the west wing and an additional outdoor structure that weren't built until after his death, in 1794.[1] In 1761 he was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly, where he served two terms. Rhoads shared the revolutionary sentiment spreading through the city in the 1770s and was a delegate to the First Continental Congress. He was elected Mayor of Philadelphia in 1774.

An associate and friend of Benjamin Franklin, Rhoads played a role in many of the important institutions of colonial Philadelphia. He was an early Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia, a founding Director of the Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire, and a Vice-President of the American Philosophical Society. He was a master of the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia.


Rhoads was the grandfather of the seventh Clerk of the House of Representatives, Walter S. Franklin, and the great-grandfather of American Civil War general William B. Franklin.


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania Hospital". World Digital Library. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 

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Preceded by
William Fisher
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Samuel Powel