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Robert Strettell (1693-1762)

University Affiliation:
  • Trustee 1749-1762
Biographical Summary:
  • Merchant
  • City Councilman
  • Mayor of Philadelphia


Quaker merchant Robert Strettell was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1693. He came with his wife and family to Philadelphia in 1736.

In his new home he became known as a liberal member of the Society of Friends, and a man of cultural and literary taste. He was a merchant by trade, but he served as a man of public trust. He was a member of the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia, a member of the Governor's Council, and Mayor of Philadelphia. He died in 1762.

Strettell was a trustee of the Academy and College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) from 1749 to 1762.


Matriculates, University of Pennsylvania 1740-1900, Alumni Record , Scharf and Westcott's Philadelphia, 1609-1884




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