William Flintham (director) 1816

Cooper and Would-be Merchant

The bank drew its early directors from among Philadelphia’s most successful tradesmen. Most of these employed many apprentices and journeymen and some moved on to become manufacturers or merchants - with varying success. In 1807, William Flintham invested profitably in shipping some flaxseed to Ireland. A generation later, the antiquarian Abraham Ritter recalled that “Mr Flintham was a very active and intelligent man, whose mechanical trade could not confine his genius; and passing from the cooper-shop to the counting-house, entered more extensively in the shipping business, but alas, in fine, not to profit.”

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