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John Rowe

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Death: February 17, 1787 (71)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Rowe and Mary Rowe
Husband of Hannah Rowe
Brother of Jacob Rowe

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About John Rowe

John Rowe (1715–1787) was a property developer and merchant in 18th century Boston, Massachusetts. As a merchant, John Rowe's most famous cargo was the tea that played a starring role in the Boston Tea Party. As a developer, his name is remembered to this day in the name of Rowes Wharf, a modern development in downtown Boston on the site of his original wharf.

Rowe was evidently a very active smuggler, avoiding British trade regulations by trading with forbidden ports.[4] He was also an active slave dealer.

Rowe was the owner of one of the tea ships, the Eleanor, involved in the Boston Tea Party. According to some accounts, at the Old South Meeting House before the Tea Party, he uttered the famous words, "perhaps salt water and tea will mix tonight," but according to his own diary, he was unwell and was not present during the meeting or the Tea Party.[4] Because several sources placed Rowe at the meeting, his diary entry may have been an attempt to conceal his participation in the events leading to the Tea Party.


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John Rowe's Timeline

November 27, 1715
Exeter, Devon, England
February 17, 1787
Age 71
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States