Master builder Edward Warner may have been apprenticed as a house carpenter to James Porteus whose heir he was in 1736/37. Warner was admitted as a freeman of Philadelphia by the Common Council in 1717, and by the 1720s he was selling by lottery a house he had built on speculation. Warner married the daughter of the prominent master builder William Coleman in 1733. The Carpenters' Company listed him as an early member in 1786, but no Company records prior to the 1760s survive to confirm that claim. Nor can any buildings be firmly associated with him; most references to his professional work relate to his civic activity. He was elected a City Assessor in 1730, a County Commissioner in 1731, a Pennsylvania Assemblyman in 1735, a Regulator of Streets in 1737, and in 1741 was appointed one of the Superintendents of the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall).
Roger W. Moss.
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