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Hillegas, Michael (22 April 1729–29 September 1804), colonial merchant, revolutionary, and first treasurer of the United States, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael Hillegas, a naturalized Palatine German and Philadelphia merchant, and Margaret (maiden name unknown). Orphaned at age twenty-one, Hillegas by the following year had taken control of his father’s business interests and begun a career that continued to expand and prosper throughout his life. He sold metal goods, including stoves and stills; had interests in iron manufacturing, sugar refinement, and real estate; and owned at least partial interest in the ship ...

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Meredith, Samuel (1741–10 February 1817), treasurer of the United States, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Reese Meredith, a merchant, and Martha Carpenter. He attended Dr. Allison’s Academy in Philadelphia and then joined his father’s business. As a Philadelphia merchant concerned with the American colonies’ conflicts with Britain, Meredith signed the nonimportation resolutions adopted in Philadelphia on 7 November 1765. He then served as a deputy to the Provincial Convention held in Philadelphia in January 1775. In 1772 Meredith married Margaret Cadwalader of Philadelphia, daughter of Dr. ...

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Spinner, Francis Elias (21 January 1802–31 December 1890), congressman and treasurer of the United States, was born in German Flats (now Mohawk), New York, the son of recent German immigrants, John Peter Spinner and Mary Brument. His father, a Roman Catholic priest who had renounced his church, was the pastor for two German-speaking congregations of the Dutch Reformed church in Herkimer and German Flats. Although his father was a university graduate, Spinner received only a common school education supplemented with what he could pick up through wide reading. Fascinated by accounting, Spinner longed to enter business, but his father wished him to learn a skilled trade and actually removed him from an apprenticeship to an Albany confectioner because he was being taught sales and bookkeeping. His father then apprenticed him to a saddlemaker in Amsterdam, New York....