Question of the Week

7/9/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Answer: William Rawle

William Rawle (1759-1836) was involved in the creation of many of the United States’ new institutions. He was the first president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society in its infancy, and the founder of Rawle and Henderson Law firm, now recognized as the oldest law firm in the nation. Unexpectedly, he grew up in a wealthy Loyalist Quaker household that made his story of discovering a deep love for America an interesting journey.

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