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Honorable Thomas Willing

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Willing, Mayor of Philadelphia and Anne Willing
Husband of Anne Willing
Father of Thomas Mayne Willing; Dorothy Francis; George Willing; Richard Willing; Abigail Peters and 4 others
Brother of Ann Francis; Dorothy Stirling; Mary Shippen Byrd; Elizabeth Powel; Charles Willing and 1 other

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About Thomas Willing, Mayor of Philadelphia

Early life Thomas Willing was born in Philadelphia, the son of Charles Willing (1710–1754), who twice served as mayor of Philadelphia, and Anne Shippen, granddaughter of Edward Shippen, who was the second mayor of Philadelphia. Thomas completed preparatory studies in Bath, England, then studied law in London at the Inner Temple.

Career In 1749, after studying abroad in England, he returned to Philadelphia, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits, in partnership with Robert Morris, until 1793.

Political career A member of the common council in 1755, he became an alderman in 1759, associate justice of the city court on October 2, 1759, and then justice of the court of common pleas February 28, 1761. Willing then became Mayor of Philadelphia in 1763. In 1767, the Pennsylvania Assembly, with Governor Thomas Penn's assent, had authorized a Supreme Court justice (always a lawyer) to sit with local justices of the peace (judges of county courts, but laymen) in a system of Nisi Prius courts. Governor Penn appointed two new Supreme Court justices, John Lawrence and Thomas Willing. Willing served until 1767, the last under the colonial government.

A member of the committee of correspondence in 1774 and of the committee of safety in 1775, he served in the colonial house of representatives. As a member of the Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776, he voted against the Declaration of Independence.[6] Later, however, he subscribed £5,000 to supply the revolutionary cause.

Banker After the war, he became president of the Bank of North America (1781–91), preceding John Nixon, and then the first president of the Bank of the United States from 1791 to 1807. In August, 1807, he suffered a slight stroke, and he resigned for health reasons as president of the bank in November, 1807.

Personal life

In 1763, Willing married Anne McCall (1745–1781), daughter of Samuel McCall (1721–1762) and Anne Searle (1724–1757). Together, they had thirteen children, including:

  • Anne Willing (1764–1801), who married William Bingham (1752–1804)
  • Thomas Mayne Willing (1767–1822), who married Jane Nixon (1775–1823)
  • Elizabeth Willing (1768–1858), who married William Jackson (1759–1828)
  • Mary Willing (1770–1852), who married Henry Clymer (1767–1830)
  • Dorothy Willing (1772–1842), who married Thomas Willing Francis, a cousin
  • George Willing (1774–1827), who married Rebecca Harrison Blackwell (1782–1852)
  • Richard Willing (1775–1858), who married Eliza Moore (1786–1823)
  • Abigail Willing (1777–1841), who married Richard Peters (1780–1848).
  • Willing died in 1821 in Philadelphia, where he is interred in Christ Church Burial Ground.

Descendants Willing was the grandfather of John Brown Francis (1791–1864), who was a governor and United States Senator from Rhode Island.

Willing was also the grandfather of Ann Louisa Bingham (b. 1782), who married Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton (1774–1848), in 1798, and Maria Matilda Bingham (1783–1849), who was briefly married to Jacques Alexandre, Comte de Tilly, a French aristocrat and later married her sister's brother-in-law, Henry Baring (1777–1848), until their divorce in 1824. Maria later married the Marquis de Blaisel in 1826.[14] Their brother, and Willing's grandson, William Bingham (1800–1852) married Marie-Charlotte Chartier de Lotbiniere (1805–1866), the second of the three daughters and heiresses of Michel-Eustache-Gaspard-Alain Chartier de Lotbinière by his second wife Mary, daughter of Captain John Munro, in 1822.[3] Wikipedia

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Thomas Willing, Mayor of Philadelphia's Timeline

1731
December 19, 1731
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
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August 1, 1764
Age 32
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