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Friday, January 09, 2009

Another Brief Biography of Philip Pell of the Manor of Pelham

Philip Pell was one of Pelham's most distinguished citizens in the last three centuries. I have written about Pell on a number of occasions. See, e.g.:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007: Philip Pell of Pelham Elected To Chair Meeting of Supporters of the New York Gubernatorial Candidacy of George Clinton in 1789

Monday, November 5, 2007: References to Philip Pell in the Minutes of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies in the State of New York

Friday, March 30, 2007: Biographical Information for Philip Pell Published in 1895

Thursday, August 24, 2006: Philip Pell of the Manor of Pelham: An Early Victim of the "Spoils System" in New York at the Turn of the 19th Century

Monday, July 17, 2006: 1780 Letter to George Clinton from American Patriot Philip Pell of Pelham Manor, Commissary of Prisoners of the State of New York

Thursday, April 20, 2006: 1788 Campaign Broadside Urging Support for Candidate Opposing Philip Pell of Pelham Manor

A brief biographical sketch of Philip Pell appears in a recently-published and quite significant and well-written and edited book entitled "The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections 1788-1790". The brief sketch, and a citation to its source, appear below.

"Pell, Philip (1753-1811), Candidate for Representative, District 2

Born at Pelham Manor, Westchester County, Pell graduated from Kings College (Columbia) in 1770 and received a master's degree in 1773. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1774, and practiced law in Westchester County and New York City. Pell was a lieutenant in the New York militia, 1776; a deputy judge advocate in the Continental Army, 1777; and judge advocate general for the army, 1781-1783. He represented Westchester County in the Assembly, 1779-1781 and 1784-1786. He was appointed to the first board of regents of the University of the State of new York in 1784. From 1787 to 1800 he served as surrogate of Westchester County; he was sheriff of the county, 1787-1788. In December 1788 Pell was appointed to the last Confederation Congress, which he attended in early 1789."

Source: DenBoer, Gordon, ed., The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections 1788-1790, Vol. III, p. 561 (Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press 1986).

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