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William G. Rhoads diary


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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William G. Rhoads (1838-1880) was born on March 26, 1838, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Samuel Rhoads and Anne Gibbons Rhoads. He attended Haverford College, but because Haverford did not have a scientific department until 1858, he never received his degree. William G. Rhoads worked with a shipbuilding firm until he discovered that the company was involved in war work, at which point he resigned his post. He then became involved in the plumbing business.

In 1866, Rhoads married Sarah Wistar. The couple had six children: Lydia Wistar Rhoads (1868-1948), Jane Gibbons Morris (1870-1950), Ethel Rhoads Potts (1871-1962), Edward Rhoads (1873-1903), William Rhoads (1876-1960), and Samuel Rhoads (1878-1930).

Rhoads died on April 28, 1880, from inflammatory rheumatism at the age of 42.

This collection is comprised of the single, handwritten diary of William G. Rhoads. The first pages ask a series of questions concerning moral behavior and manners, which Rhoads subsequently answers in each entry. Entries also detail Rhoads's apprenticeship as a book keeper, social calls, and Quaker meetings he attended.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
July, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Diary, 1858.
Volume 1

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