COPE, Alfred, 1806-1875

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Alfred Cope (April 13, 1806 - December 11, 1875), son of Thomas P. and Mary Drinker Cope, was a partner in H&A Cope with his brother Henry Cope.




Early Life

Cope attended Friends Boarding School in Plymouth, Pa., c. 1816. In 1820, he and his father visited Niagara and Montreal.


In 1829, Alfred and Henry Cope succeeded to their father's business--that of the shipping line between Philadelphia and Liverpool, England. In 1833, Alfred Cope visited Spain, Portugal, France and England.

Personal Life

Alfred Cope married Hannah Edge in 1839. The two had three children. The Copes moved to Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa. in 1842. Hannah Edge Cope died in 1843 and Alfred remarried to Rebecca Biddle in 1851. They moved to Logan, Pa. and had one son. In 1849, Alfred Cope and Thomas Wister travelled to Green Bay, Wisconsin, carrying with them $40,000 in gold for the Indians. He was a patron of Germantown Friends School, Germantown Friend Free Library, The Cheyney Training School and the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens.

Never of robust health, Alfred Cope died on December 11, 1875, at "Fairfield," in Logan, Pa.


  • Quaker Biog., Series 2, 2:133 (portrait).
  • Phila. Y. Mtg., Memorials concerning deceased Friends. selection from . . . 1788 to 1878.. . . 4th ed.,
  • Cope, A record of the Cope family, 1861, p. 113.
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