Charles Willing

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Portrait of Charles Willing by John Wollaston
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Charles Willing (May 18, 1710 – November 30, 1754) was a Philadelphia merchant, trader and politician; twice he served as Mayor of Philadelphia, from 1748 until 1749 and again in 1754.[1]

Early life[edit]

Charles Willing was born in Bristol, England on May 18, 1710, the son of Thomas Willing and Anne Harrison. 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.

Career[edit]

Robert Morris apprenticed at the firm of Willing & Co., and later became a partner with Thomas in the renamed firm of Willing Morris & Co.[2]

Personal life[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, including:

Charles Willing died on November 30, 1754 in Philadelphia 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. ^ Rappleye, Charles. Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution (2010) ISBN 978-1-4165-7091-2
  3. ^ 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 
  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