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MASTER BUILDER; AND LUMBER MERCHANT
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Born: 1720, Died: 11/4/1778

Abraham Carlile was a master builder and lumber merchant. The exact date of his election to The Carpenters Company is unknown because all company records prior to the 1760s are lost. He was, however, an active member and one of the largest contributors toward the construction of Carpenters' Hall in 1770. During the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777-1778, Carlile accepted a position as gatekeeper under Joseph Galloway's Loyalist civil administration, making him one of the few craftsman of the building trades who did not serve in the American army or flee the city during the occupation. In September of 1778 he was indicted for high treason, tried, sentenced to death, and executed on November 4, 1778

Written by Roger W. Moss.

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