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Edward Shippen

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Shippen, Mayor of Philadelphia and Sarah Shippen
Husband of Margaret Shippen
Father of Elizabeth Burd; Sarah Lea; Mary McIlvaine; Edward Shippen; Margaret Arnold and 2 others
Brother of Sarah Shippen; Joseph Shippen; Elizabeth Shippen; Joseph Shippen; Benjamin Shippen and 1 other

Occupation: Chief Justice
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About Edward Shippen

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Edward Shippen (February 16, 1729 – April 15, 1806) was a lawyer, judge, government official, and prominent figure in colonial and post-revolutionary Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shippen was born in Philadelphia, the son of merchant Edward Shippen, III. He learned law from Tench Francis, Pennsylvania's attorney general. He married his mentor's daughter Margaret Francis in 1753, with whom he had nine children. In 1748 he went to London to complete his law studies at the Middle Temple, and, after returning to Philadelphia, was admitted to the bar. He was appointed judge of the admiralty court in 1755. Three years later he was elected to the city's common council. In 1762 he was appointed prothonotary of the supreme court, a post retained till the Revolution. He became a member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Council in 1770.

Shippen attempted to stay neutral in the American Revolution, hoping that the colonies and the mother country would be reconciled. He did not support the extension of royal authority and was therefore not a Loyalist, but he also opposed the radically democratic Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776, which sought to reduce the hold on government by powerful families like the Shippens.

He received in 1790 an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, of which he was a trustee from 1791 until his death. He was also a member of the American Philosophical Society.

In 1791, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, serving with Jasper Yeates and Edward Burd, both kinsmen and former students. Shippen became chief justice in 1799.

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Edward Shippen's Timeline

February 16, 1729
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
September 25, 1754
Age 25
February 1, 1756
Age 26
Philadelphia, Philadelplhia County, Province of Pennsylvania
August 15, 1757
Age 28
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
December 11, 1758
Age 29
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
June 11, 1760
Age 31
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)
November 24, 1762
Age 33
October 9, 1766
Age 37
April 16, 1806
Age 77
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States