Philip E. Thomas

Philip E. Thomas

Male 1776 - 1861  (84 years)    Has 14 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Philip E. Thomas 
    Born 11 Nov 1776 
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Sep 1861 
    Person ID I679526  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2010 

    Father Evan Thomas,   b. 10 Nov 1826,   d. 10 Nov 1826  (Age 0 years) 
    Mother Rachel Hopkins,   b. 30 Dec 1742, South River Park, Anne Arundel Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 26 Dec 1766. 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F57594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth George 
    Married
    • seven children
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F299463  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He worked in the hardware business in Baltimore under Thomas Poultney, his brother-in-law. He commenced his own business in 1800 with Evan Thomas, Jr., his younger brother, and William George, his wife's brother. He became active in both the Baltimore community and the banking business. He served as a cashier at Mechanics' Bank, became the first president of the Mechanical Fire Company, was the founder of the Baltimore Library Company and an organizer of the State Temperance Society. Thomas also donated $25,000 to the State for the Washington Monument. A prominent figure in the Society of Friends (the Quakers)from 1821-1832, he also served as chairman of the Society's Indian Affairs Committee. His efforts to help Native Americans earned him the title of "Hai-wa-nob" (the Benevolent One) from the Swan tribe of the Senecas. Thomas was the representative to Washington for the Six Nations of Indians.

      He died in 1861 while living with his daughter in Yonkers, New York. He had seven children.

      In 1825, Thomas became involved with the early canal enterprises in New England, acting as commissioner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal system. He became disillusioned with the project after realizing that it would not benefit Baltimore and he resigned his commission in 1828. Inspired by his brother Evan's description of an English mining railroad, Thomas and 25 other civic leaders of Baltimore determined to build a railroad between Baltimore and Ohio. With Thomas as president, George Brown as treasurer and Alexander Brown as one of several other investors, Thomas founded a railroad to compete with the canals


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