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Lukens, Rebecca Webb Pennocklocked

(06 January 1794–10 December 1854)
  • Edward L. Lach, Jr.

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Lukens, Rebecca Webb Pennock (06 January 1794–10 December 1854), pioneering iron manufacturer, was born in West Marlboro Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Isaac Pennock, an iron manufacturer, and Martha Webb. The oldest surviving child in a family of nine, she enjoyed a happy childhood in a Quaker household that emphasized both discipline and learning. Her formal schooling, which consisted of several years at two private academies, began at the age of twelve. Lukens received a good education for the time, and while she excelled in all her classes, French and chemistry proved to be her favorite subjects....

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