Humphrey Morrey

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Humphrey Morrey, or Murrey (b. c. 1650, England – d. 1716, Philadelphia) was the first Mayor of Philadelphia under William Penn's 1691 charter.[1] He was not elected, but rather was appointed by William Penn.[2] He was the great-great-great-great-grandfather of the singer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson.[citation needed]

Morrey was one of the 15 founders of Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Morrey first came to Philadelphia in 1683 and worked as a merchant. In 1685, he was appointed a justice of the peace. In 1687, and again in 1690, he was chosen to the provincial assembly. In the charter of March 20, 1691, by which Philadelphia was incorporated as a city, Morrey was appointed mayor. The length of his term was 10 years. In 1701, Edward Shippen was appointed by Penn to a one-year term. He was then re-elected to a second. Mayors of Philadelphia were, from that point, elected to one-year terms, until 1887, when the current term of four years began.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Montgomery, Thomas Harrison (1900). A History of the University of Pennsylvania from Its Foundation to A. D. 1770. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co. 
  2. ^ The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, Volume 18, by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1894
Preceded by
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Edward Shippen