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Willard Peele

2006.44.749 (RS9836)


Photograph of an original portrait of Willard Peele. He is looking directly at the viewer and is wearing a black suit with a white, frilled collar. Simple wood frame painted black.


Reproduction of Frothingham, James, 1786-1864 (Artist)
"Willard Peele / Merchant of Salem / 1773-1835 / Photograph made in 1902 from the original portrait in oil paint on wood in 1820 by Frothingham, now in the possession of Miss Catherine Phillips of Salem, / Willard Peele was born in Salem November 30, 1773 and died / June 13, 1835. He married May 12, 1800, Margaret Appleton of Salem. / Mr. Peele graduated Harvard College in 1792, and began business / with his father Jonathan Peele, a merchant and ship owner. / They were the original importers of pepper from Sumatra and / in a few voyages their brig, the “Rajan” made a comfortable fortune / in that trade. Mr. Peele from 1800 to 1810 had a large trade in / sugar with the West Indies and in general Merchandise with Mediterranean ports, while to the time of his death his ships made regular voyages / to Manilla an the Coast of Sumatra, occasionally visiting Siam, Canton, / Isle de France, Calcutta and other ports / Mr. Peele was interested in many public affairs in the com- / munity. He was one of the leaders in the movement to found the / Boston Square Church and was named as one of the incorporators of that / Society. He was the first President of the Commercial Bank, which / afterwards became the first national, and was interested extensively / in the Marine Insurance Companies. / Mr. Peele lived in a large square wooden house (still standing / although somewhat altered (1902)) on the south side of Essex Street / nearly opposite Cadet Hall." (typed)
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Descriptive terms
paper (fiber product)
Print, Photographic
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Peele, Willard, 1773-1835
11 7/16 x 9 11/16 x 13/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
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Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation