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Died: 1799

Although trained to the craft of house carpentry, Adam Zantzinger spent most of his life as a merchant. He was elected to The Carpenters' Company in 1772 and signed the Articles the following year, even though he was advertising his ironmongery store at the southwest corner of Market and 4th Streets that same year. He maintained his association with The Carpenters' Company, however, until he was removed from the rolls for non-payment dues in 1798. He died the following year. Zantzinger also fought in the American Revolution after being elected to serve in Philadelphia’s famous cavalry unit, the First City Troop, in 1776. Holding the rank of a private, he participated in the Philadelphia campaigns of 1776-1777. His name was included on the 1778 roll of the Patriotic Association of Philadelphia, an organization promoting the revolutionaries’ cause and directed to investigate potential loyalists.

Written by Tom Stokes.

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