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Daniel Groves (director) 1814-1818

Bricklayer

Daniel Groves was a native of the Northern Liberties, by trade a bricklayer and stone-mason. He represented the County of Philadelphia for four years in the State Senate and also served in the Board of Commissioners of the Northern Liberties. In politics, he was a Democrat.” - Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1867).

Daniel Groves was a close friend of William Strickland and John Struthers and together they put together some of the best examples of Philadelphia’s Greek Revival architecture. Groves was the bricklayer for the US Mint extension in Philadelphia, earning him a spot on the document in the cornerstone of the building; he was involved with the construction of the United States Bank which is now the Custom House and was the bricklayer and mason worker on the Mechanics’ Bank, of which he was later a director.

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Former Penn campus, designed by Strickland and constructed by Groves