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William Moore, an unfortunately common name in late eighteenth-century Philadelphia, was elected to The Carpenters' Company in 1784 and by 1790 marked in The Company records as excluded, probably for failure to pay dues. In 1770 he witnessed the will of George Claypoole, joiner, and in 1775 he was listed as an "encourager" of the Philadelphia edition of Abraham Swan, The British Architect, the first book of architecture published in America. During the Revolution a William Moore served in various Pennsylvania regiments, advancing from Sergeant to Brevet Captain between 1776 and 1783. That William Moore reportedly lived until June 6, 1824. Another possibility is that the George Moore who appears in Philadelphia city directories until 1804 is the same one who died that year in Delaware County. Louise Hall also points out that a William Moore was a member of the Carpenters' Society of Baltimore by 1791.

Written by Roger W. Moss.

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