Harriett Chew: Birth: 22 Oct 1775. Death: 8 Apr 1861
Note: rmantown as his country summer home, oneof the finest houses in colonial America when completed 1767,with the most elaborate furnishings available. It is today aNational Trust 1763 PA
Education: studied law London, England Religion: Quaker, they found their support for the military incompatible with Quaker pacificism, converted to Anglican, owned slaves Note: not a Revolutionary patriot, he signed the colonies'nonimportation agreement protesting King George III's taxes butrefused to relinquish his crown appointment as chief justice.Perceived as a Loyalist, he spent a year under house arrest inNew Jersey, laid low through remainder of the war, but returnedto public life by the late 1780s
WAR: When American troops under Gen. George Washingtonmarched on Germantown, a regt. of 125 British soldiersbarricaded in Cliveden distracted Washington; a battle ensuredand when the Americans withdrew in chaos there were abt 77American dead on Chew's land and 2-3 British died in the house.Many were buried on the property. In 1824-25 Benjamin Chew,Jr., welcomed the Marquis de Lafayette, visiting Germantown aspart of a triumphal American visit
Note: Occupation: Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Colony's Supreme Court; built"Cliveden" 1763 in Ge
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