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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Thomas Eddy


Other Names: None

Assumed Gender: Male

Birth Date: 1758

Birth Place: Philadelphia

Death Date: 1827

Death Place: New York City

Affiliations: New York Yearly meeting of Friends , Society of Friends

Notes: Philanthropist, prison reformer. Son of James and Mary Eddy of Philadelphia. Married Hannah Hartshorne in New York in 1781 and transferred his membership to New York Monthly Meeting in 1791. Active in NYYM. Insurance broker in New York, also worked in Commission business. In 1822, wrote a letter to John Warder of Philadelphia concerning the unsound doctrine of Elias Hicks. Called the "American Howard" for his philanthropy: promoted the Erie Canal (1817), secured the establishment of a state prison, was governor of Bloomingdale Asylum for 28 years, worked for the welfare of Indians in NY and New England. Died in New York in 1827, aged 69.

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