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Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791) was "a signer of the Declaration of Independence; a jurist; an inventor; an artist; an essayist; a scholar; a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's first class (1757); an organist; a psalmodist; and a harpsichordist." (Library of Congress). Hopkinson is credited with designing the American flag of 1777, designing currency, and having composed the earliest surviving American secular composition, "My Days have been so Wondrous Free."
Joseph Hopkinson (1770-1842) was a US Congressman. Elected as a Federalist to represented Pennsylvania's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1815 to 1819. In 1798 he wrote the lyrics to the song "Hail Columbia!", which served as the unofficial anthem of the United States until the "Star Spangled Banner" was officially adopted in 1931.
Oliver Hopkinson (1812-1905), son of Joseph, served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Delaware Volunteer Infantry. He commissioned on October 15, 1861 and was wounded at the Battle of Antietam, 1862. On July 10, 1863 he was commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 51st Pennsylvania Militia, which was raised to counter the Confederate Invasion of Pennsylvania in June 1863.
Edward Hopkinson (1850-1935), son of Oliver Hopkinson, was an attorney and president of the Philadelphia and Gray's Ferry Passenger railroad Company. His son, Edward Hopkinson Jr. (1885-1966) was a Philadelphia investment broker. He succeeded the late E.T. Stolesbury as the senior partner in Drexel & Co. Hopkinson was a significant leader in civic affairs and served as the first chairman of the City Planning Commission, established in 1942. The commission was credited with physical improvements to the city of Philadelphia.
The Hopkinson family papers comprise original documents as well as reproductions of: biographical and genealogical research, clippings, certificates, correspondence, diaries, indexes, wills and estate documents, photographs, sheet music, school and birth records, and report cards.
The bulk of the material is related to Edward Hopkinson Jr.; other family members documented in the collection are: Elsa, Martha, Joseph, Joan, Judge, Frances, Elisa, Olivia, Emily, Thomas, and Edward Hopkinson Sr.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by title. Dates and names of identified family members provided when available.
Sold by William Bunch auctions, 2020.
Accessioned as 2020.000024. Samantha Dodd processed, wrote and encoded the finding aid, 2023. Materials, acquired through William Bunch auctions, arrived in a large trunk suitcase, with no existing order or arrangement. Rather than a cohesive representation of the Hopkinson family, the documents within this collection represent an assorted selection of individual items. Duplicate materials removed from collection. Photostatic copies of diplomas transfered to the Univeristy of Pennsylvania archives. Materials rehoused in acid free folders and boxes. Staff arranged materials alphabetically by folder title.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Samantha Dodd
- Finding Aid Date
- 2023 August 18
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
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