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James Pemberton biography

Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-075

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of the single unbound volume, handwritten manuscript of a "biographical sketch" of James Pemberton. A note at the front of the volume relates how the pages were "copied from manuscripts in the hand of Henry Pemberton." Henry Pemberton then loaned them to Joseph Elkinton, who created this copied volume. The biography includes descriptions of the Pemberton family and their history and genealogical roots, the early life of James Pemberton as well as his adult life. The biography includes quoted sections from Quaker meeting minutes.


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Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

James Pemberton (1723-1809) was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on the 26th day of the 6th month, 1723, the sixth son of Israel and Rachel Pemberton. Pemberton was a sucessful Philadelphia merchant, a founder of the Pennsylvania Hospital, and a member of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, of which he became president in 1790. He was sent as an exile to Virginia in 1777, when he was accused of disloyalty for not joining the military during the American Revolution. Pemberton was married three times. He married Hannah Fishborne Lloyd (d. 1764), with whom he had six children. He later married Sarah Smith (d. 1770), with whom he had one daughter, and his third wife was Phebe Lewis Morton (d. 1812), whom he married in 1775. James Pemberton died in 1809.


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The James Pemberton biography was donated to Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1934 by Eleanor R. Elkinton.

Related Materials

  • MC 851 American Friends letters collection
  • MC 861 British Friends' letters
  • MC 954 Richard T. Cadbury papers
  • MC 1036 Pemberton family papers
  • MC 1116/168 Robert Pleasants letterbook

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October 2015.
James Pemberton biography, undated
Kara Flynn
October 2015
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