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Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis

Domenic Vitiello


The Sellers brothers, Samuel and George, came to North America in 1682 as part of the Quaker migration to William Penn's new province on the shores of the Delaware River. Across more than two centuries, the Sellers family—especially Samuel's descendants Nathan, Escol, Coleman, and William—rose to prominence as manufacturers, engineers, social reformers, and urban and suburban developers, transforming Philadelphia into a center of industry and culture. They led a host of civic institutions including the Franklin Institute, Abolition Society, and University of Pennsylvania. At the same time, the ... More

Keywords: urban planning, Sellers family, Philadelphia, deindustrialization, industrialization, urbanization, economic development, engineers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450112
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Domenic Vitiello, author
Assistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies, the University of Pennsylvania