William Gaul (director) 1859

Malt Manufacturer and Brewer

Director William Gaul was part of a large family of brewers in Philadelphia. His father, Frederick Gaul, had come to the city from Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany in 1804 and was operating the former Robert Hare brewery which made George Washington’s favorite porter.

William Gaul, following in his fathers footsteps, was a successful malt manufacturer and dealer as well as brewer and built one of the first mansions in the “new money” neighborhood on North Broad Street. This mansion later became the home of famous actor Edwin Forrest and, after his death, a home for retired actors. This famous Philadelphia landmark now forms part of the Freedom Theater complex and is next door to the legendary Blue Horizon. William Gaul died in 1868.

His descendents remain in the brewing business to this day - one of his daughters married a Yuengling.

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Hexamer survey of William Gaul’s malt house

William Gaul portrait William Gaul’s Brewery in Kensington William Gaul/Edwin Forrest Mansion Philadelphia 1 William Gaul/Edwin Forrest Mansion Philadelphia 2