COPE, Thomas P. (Thomas Pim), 1768-1854

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Merchant.<br>
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b. 26 Aug. 1768, in Lancaster Co., Pa., s. of Caleb and Mary (Mendenhall) Cope.<br>
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|name= Thomas P. Cope
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1784 or 1785, apprenticed in Phila. to his uncle Thomas Mendenhall.<br>
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|image=Thomas_pim_cope.jpg
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m. Mary Drinker, Phila., 17 May 1792; at least (2 sons and 2 daughters).<br>
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|caption=Engraving of Thomas P. Cope, 1849.
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Transferred membership from Phila. Monthly Meeting to the Monthly Meeting for the Northern District.<br>
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|alternative names= Thomas Cope, Thomas Pim Cope, T.P. Cope
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m. (2nd) Elizabeth W, 30 July 1829, at Monthly Meeting.<br>
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1790? a partner with his employer. Became a merchant.<br>
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|birthdate=  26 August 1768
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1807, built his first ship, "Lancaster." <br>
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|birthplace= Lancaster County, Pa.
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1821, established a packet line to Liverpool, 2 Member City Councils. <br>
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|nationality= US
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1807, sent to Legislatur 1837, member of Convention to amend the Constit
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|spouses= Mary Drinker (m. 17 May 1792); Elizabeth Stokes (Waln) (m. 9 April 1829)
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Pennsylvania.<br>
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|children= Henry (b. 1793), Francis (b. 1794), Caroline (b. 1796), William Drinker (b. 1798), Caroline Rachel (b. 1802), [[COPE, Alfred, 1806-1875|Alfred]] (b. 1806), Eleanor (b. 1807)
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On first board of Haverford Coll.<br>
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|meeting= Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District
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President of Board of Trade and of the Mercanti<br>
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|branch= Orthodox
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1797, helped in the yellow fever times; took disease, but recovered. Helped create Fairmount Park
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|disowned= N/A
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securing Lemon Hill.<br>
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|deathdate= 22 November 1854
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1801, helped to furnish abunda water from the Schuylkill; favoured construction of Delaware and Chesapeake Canal, and of the Pa. Railroad<br>
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|deathplace= Philadelphia, Pa.
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1806, transferred membership from Northern Dist Monthly Meeting back to Phila. Monthly Meeting.<br>
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Author: 1838, Speech T.P.C. on Banks and Currency;<br>
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1837, delivered it in the Constitutional Convention of Pa., in Phila.<br>
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'''Thomas Pim Cope''' (August 26, 1768 - November 22, 1854) was a merchant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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1838, transferred membership to Monthly Meeting the Southern District.<br>
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d. 22 Nov. 1854, aged 86.<br>
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==Biography==
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===Personal Life===
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Jour. Friends Hist. Soc., 14:24.<br>
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Thomas Pim Cope was born on August 26, 1768 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Caleb and Mary (nee Mendenhall) Cope. In 1784 or 1785, he apprenticed himself to his uncle Thomas Mendenhall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cope married Mary Drinker of Philadelphia on May 17, 1792. The two had four sons and thee daughters. In 1797, Cope helped in the yellow fever times. He contracted the disease, but recovered. T.P. Cope and family transferred membership from Philadelphia Monthly Meeting to the Monthly Meeting for the Northern District, but transferred back in 1806. In 1838, Cope transferred membership to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District. His diary was published by Eliza Cope Harrison under the title of "Philadelphia Merchant."
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Die. Am. Biog., 4:421.<br>
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Chandler, Thomas P. Cope, esq., Taken from Hunt Merchants' Magazine, 201849)=355.<br>
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===Business===
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Lippincott's Biog. Dictionary, p. 712. Sharpless, A Quaker experiment in gov't., 2:275  
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By 1790, Thomas Pim Cope partnered with his employer and became a merchant. His first ship, the "Lancaster" was built in 1807. This was followed by a large fleet, all identified by a black maltese cross on the mainsail. In 1821, he established his packet line between Philadelphia and Liverpool, England. The success of his various enterprises led to his owning the largest mercantile business in America at the time. At his death, the business was carried on by his sons, Henry and Alfred, trading as H&A Cope. In 1880, it was sold in the face of rising competition from steamships. Thomas Cope's estate was valued at $1,474,000, much of which was left to Henry and Alfred since they were running the business. He favored the constructions of the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal, and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Cope also became President of Philadelphia's Board of Trade.
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Jos. Smith's Cat., suppl. p. 91.<br>
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Hinshaw's Encyclopedia, 2.
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===Other Work===
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By securing Lemon Hill in 1797, Cope helped to create Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. In 1801, he helped to furnish abundant water from the Schuylkill. In 1837, Cope delivered a speech to Constitutional Convention of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which would later be published. He was on the first board of Haverford College.
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==Works By==
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1446048 Cope, Thomas P. ''Speech of Thomas P. Cope of Philadelphia, on banks and currency: Delivered Dec. 20, 1837, in the Convention for revising the constitution of the state of Pennsylvania.'' Philadelphia, 1838.]
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==Sources==
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1579795 "Richard Smith and his Journal, 1817-1824." ''Journal of the Friends Historical Society'' 14, no. 1 (1917): p. 24, n. 45.]<br>
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1289635 ''Dictionary of American Biography'', vol. 4 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930), p. 421.]<br>
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1447709 Chandler, Joseph R. "Thomas P. Cope, Esq. of Philadelphia." ''Hunt's Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review'' 20, no. 4 (April 1849): 355-364.]<br>
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1423402 Thomas, Joseph, ed. ''Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology'' (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1930), p. 712.]
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1290760 Sharpless, Isaac. ''A Quaker experiment in Government'', vol. 2 (Philadelphia, PA: A.J. Ferris, 1898), p. 275.]
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1919320 Smith, Joseph. ''A Descriptive Catalogue of Friends' Books: Supplement'' (London: Edward Hicks, 1893), p. 91.]<br>
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* [http://tripod.brynmawr.edu/record=b1919267 Hinshaw, William Wade. ''Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy'' (Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Bros., 1936), p. 2.]
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==Related Works==
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* [http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fthomas "Thomas Pim Cope Diaries (1800-1843)." In ''Triptych: The Tri-College Digital Library.'' Haverford, PA: Haverford College Special Collections, 2002- .]
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* [http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISORESTMP=/cdm4/results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=/cdm4/item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=grid&CISOGRID=thumbnail,A,1;creato,A,1;date,A,0;recipi,200,0;subjec,A,0;20;creato,none,none,none,none&CISOBIB=identi,A,1,N;title,A,0,N;date,200,0,N;none,A,0,N;none,A,0,N;20;identi,none,none,none,none&CISOTHUMB=20%20(4x5);identi,none,none,none,none&CISOTITLE=20;identi,none,none,none,none&CISOHIERA=20;title,identi,none,none,none&CISOTYPE=link&CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=identi&CISOBOX1=&CISOOP2=all&CISOFIELD2=title&CISOBOX2=&CISOOP3=all&CISOFIELD3=date&CISOBOX3=&CISOOP4=all&CISOFIELD4=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOBOX4=Cope%2C+Thomas+P.+%28Thomas+Pim%29%2C+1768-1854&c=all&CISOROOT=%2Fcope Letters to, from, and about Thomas Pim Cope from "Cope Evans Family Papers." In ''Triptych: The Tri-College Digital Library.'' Haverford, PA: Haverford College Special Collections, 2002- .]
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Thomas P. Cope
Thomas pim cope.jpg
Engraving of Thomas P. Cope, 1849.
Alternative names: Thomas Cope, Thomas Pim Cope, T.P. Cope
Gender: M
Birth date: 26 August 1768
Place of birth: Lancaster County, Pa.
Death date: 22 November 1854
Place of death: Philadelphia, Pa.
Nationality: US
Meeting: Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Western District
Branch: Orthodox
Disowned date: N/A
Spouse(s): Mary Drinker (m. 17 May 1792); Elizabeth Stokes (Waln) (m. 9 April 1829)
Children: Henry (b. 1793), Francis (b. 1794), Caroline (b. 1796), William Drinker (b. 1798), Caroline Rachel (b. 1802), Alfred (b. 1806), Eleanor (b. 1807)

Thomas Pim Cope (August 26, 1768 - November 22, 1854) was a merchant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Contents

Biography

Personal Life

Thomas Pim Cope was born on August 26, 1768 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Caleb and Mary (nee Mendenhall) Cope. In 1784 or 1785, he apprenticed himself to his uncle Thomas Mendenhall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cope married Mary Drinker of Philadelphia on May 17, 1792. The two had four sons and thee daughters. In 1797, Cope helped in the yellow fever times. He contracted the disease, but recovered. T.P. Cope and family transferred membership from Philadelphia Monthly Meeting to the Monthly Meeting for the Northern District, but transferred back in 1806. In 1838, Cope transferred membership to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for the Southern District. His diary was published by Eliza Cope Harrison under the title of "Philadelphia Merchant."

Business

By 1790, Thomas Pim Cope partnered with his employer and became a merchant. His first ship, the "Lancaster" was built in 1807. This was followed by a large fleet, all identified by a black maltese cross on the mainsail. In 1821, he established his packet line between Philadelphia and Liverpool, England. The success of his various enterprises led to his owning the largest mercantile business in America at the time. At his death, the business was carried on by his sons, Henry and Alfred, trading as H&A Cope. In 1880, it was sold in the face of rising competition from steamships. Thomas Cope's estate was valued at $1,474,000, much of which was left to Henry and Alfred since they were running the business. He favored the constructions of the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal, and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Cope also became President of Philadelphia's Board of Trade.

Other Work

By securing Lemon Hill in 1797, Cope helped to create Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. In 1801, he helped to furnish abundant water from the Schuylkill. In 1837, Cope delivered a speech to Constitutional Convention of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which would later be published. He was on the first board of Haverford College.

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