WALN, Robert

1765–1836

Biography

WALN, Robert, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., February 22, 1765; received a limited schooling; engaged in mercantile pursuits and in East India and China trade; member of the State legislature for several years; member of the city council of Philadelphia and served as president of the select council; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Swanwick; reelected to the Sixth Congress and served from December 3, 1798, to March 3, 1801; became interested in the operation of ironworks and during the War of 1812 erected a cotton factory in Trenton; served as president of the Philadelphia Insurance Co. and as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; died in Philadelphia, January 24, 1836; interment in Friends' Arch Street Burial Ground.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Waln family papers, 1759-1891. ca. 2,000 items, 15 volumes, and 38 boxes.

Library Company of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In papers of Robert and Jesse Waln and of Robert Waln, Jr., 1784-ca. 1823. 25 volumes. Letter books and ledgers.
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