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1693, Apr 161711-17601760, Apr 18
an influential colonial era merchant in New York City. Mary’s life was divided between caring for her growing family, continuing the Provoost mercantine enterprises, and supporting her husband’s political career. Mary played a pivotal role in the case of John Peter Zenger. She traveled to Philadelphia and successfully convinced prominent lawyer Andrew Hamilton to represent Zenger in his New York libel case. Under her leadership, the Provoost business grew extensively. She imported goods on such a large scale that it was said that hardly a ship docked in New York City without a consignment of goods for her.
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Mary Alexander1693, Apr 161711
 
17601760, Apr 18

William Penn [2]1644, Oct 141681
 
17121718, Jul 30
  the son of Sir William Penn, and was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Qua...
Andrew Bradford16861709
 
17421742, Nov 24
 an early American printer in colonial Philadelphia. He published the first newspaper in Philadelp...
James Lacyunknown1740
 
 
1749unknown
 co-owned a theatre with David Garrick
Samuel Richardson1689, Aug 191706
 
17581761, Jul 4
 an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pam...
Ann Smith Franklin1696, Oct 21736
 
17631763, Apr 16
 an American colonial newspaper printer and publisher. She inherited the business from her husband...
Stepan Glotov1729 ca1746
 
17691769, May 5
 a Russian navigator, explorer, and fur trader. He was the first Russian captain to enter the wate...
Philip Livingston1716, Jan 151737
 
17781778, Jun 12
 an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He was a delegate for New York to the Cont...
Francis Lewis1713, Mar 211734
 
17801802, Dec 31
 a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York. He was...
George Taylor1716 ca1736
 
17811781, Feb 23
 a Colonial ironmaster and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a represen...
Cornelius Harnett1723, Apr 101740
 
17811781, Apr 28
 an American merchant, farmer, and statesman from Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a leading Ame...
John Hanson1715, Apr 31750
 
17831783, Nov 15
 a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution. In 1779, ...
Jonathan Trumbull1710, Oct 121731
 
17841785, Aug 17
 one of the few Americans who served as governor in both a pre-Revolutionary colony and a post-Rev...
Silas Deane1737, Dec 241759
 
17841789, Sep 23
 an American merchant, politician, and diplomat, and a supporter of American independence. Deane s...
Esek Hopkins1718, Apr 261740
 
17861802, Feb 26
  the only Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. He wa...
Henry Laurens1723, Feb 241757
 
17881792, Dec 8
 an American merchant, slave trader, and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political l...
Benjamin Franklin1705, Jan 61718
 
17891790, Apr 17
 one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading aut...
Adam Smith1723, Jun 51748
 
17891790, Jul 17
 a Scottish economist, philosopher, and author. He was a moral philosopher, a pioneer of political...
Ethan Allen1737, Jan 101757
 
17891789, Feb 12
 a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher, writer, lay theologian, and American Revolut...
Benjamin Harrison V1726, Apr 51745
 
17911791, Apr 24
 an American politician, planter, and merchant, a revolutionary leader and a Founding Father of th...
George Mason1725, Nov 301747
 
17921792, Oct 7
 a Virginia planter and politician, and a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, ...
John Hancock1736, Jan 121754
 
17931793, Oct 8
 an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as p...
Robert Morris Jr.1734, Jan 201750
 
17981806, May 8
 a Founding Father of the United States, was a Liverpool-born American merchant who financed the A...
Ashley Bowen1728, Jan 81741
 
17991813
 the first American sailor to write an autobiography. Although Bowen's career as a sailor was not ...
Paul Revere1734, Dec 211756
 
18111818, May 10
 an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a Patriot in the American Revolution....
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