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Alexander Wilcocks (1741-1801)

University Affiliation:
  • A.B. 1761
  • Trustee 1779-1791
Biographical Summary:
  • Lawyer
  • Supporter of the American Revolution
  • Recorder of the city of Philadelphia


Alexander Wilcocks was born in Philadelphia, the son of Elizabeth Wooddrop and John Wilcocks. After his 1761 graduation from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) he became a lawyer. He married Mary, the daughter of Pennsylvania Chief Justice Benjamin Chew.

Wilcocks supported the American Revolution as a member of Philadelphia's committee of safety. After the Revolution, he served as recorder of Philadelphia from 1789 to 1791.

Wilcocks was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1768 and served as a Penn trustee from 1779 until his death in 1801.


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