Willard Peele

Collection Type

  • Photography






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.


Descriptive Terms

paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Print, Photographic


"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 Person

Peele, Willard, 1773-1835

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number



Reproduction of Frothingham, James, 1786-1864 (Artist)


11 7/16 x 9 11/16 x 13/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number